Competing with horses takes more than just horsemanship. It takes a mindset that can handle pressure and an attitude of perseverance. Each Thursday, join Michelle Davey in the Rider’s Mind Podcast as she takes a unique approach to help you create the results you want in the arena. You’ll learn why you’re at where you are, and how you can become a more confident and focused leader for your horse. It all starts with making changes from the inside out.

 

Episode 112: Times You Shouldn’t Ride

The Rider’s Mind Podcast Episode 112: Times You Shouldn’t Ride       If you’re a hardcore competitor who has been conditioned to believe that you have to ride every day to be successful, this might be challenging for you to hear. It’s ok to take a day off. Sometimes,...

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Episode 111: Thoughts Become Things

The Rider’s Mind Podcast Episode 111: Thoughts Become Things     What are you thinking about? If thoughts become things, what are you creating? If you look at the life you have now, can you think back to see how you created this reality? Is this the life you thought...

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Episode 110: The Trouble with an Alter Ego

The Rider’s Mind Podcast Episode 110:The Trouble with an Alter Ego     I could call this episode “everything I wish I’d said in Episode 109” because it includes all the things that came to me on the topic of alter egos after recording the last episode. In this...

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Episode 109: Take a Mindset Tip from Beyoncé

The Rider’s Mind Podcast Episode 109: Take a Mindset Tip from Beyoncé   I have a quick tip for you courtesy of Beyoncé. I think you’ll be able to take this to the bank as you step into your cowboy boots and head to the arena. I didn’t know Beyoncé was using one of the...

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Episode 108: Conversation with Keira Forsyth from Equus Physio

The Rider’s Mind Podcast Episode 108: Conversation with Keira Forsyth from Equus Physio   Here on the Rider’s Mind Podcast, we talk a lot about our minds and how what we have going on up top impacts our horses.  Today we are taking a different twist and talking with...

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Episode 107: Interview with Josh Nichol

The Rider’s Mind Podcast Episode 107: Interview with Josh Nichol   I am excited and honoured to have Josh Nichol join me on the podcast. I have been consuming content from Josh and I'm a member of his membership. I'm learning from him and enjoying it very much, so I...

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Episode 105: 2 Ways to Approach Nervousness

The Rider’s Mind Podcast Episode 105: 2 Ways to Approach Nervousness   I get a kick out of reading all of the suggestions given when someone asks how to deal with nervousness. There are always lots of suggestions, but most of them are “first aid” responses. You can do...

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Episode 104: Showing up with Confidence at Your Next Big Event

The Rider’s Mind Podcast Episode 104:Showing up with Confidence at Your Next Big Event If you’ve entered a big event and now you’re freaking out, this episode is for you. If you’re entered, but you feel unprepared or worried or not good enough, I’m here to help. ...

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Episode 103: If You Feel Naked, You’re Doing it Right

The Rider’s Mind Podcast Episode 103: If You Feel Naked, You’re Doing it Right In this episode, we are going to talk about riding naked… not in the literal sense though. This episode is about showing up with vulnerability and exposing yourself in your run.  You’ve...

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Episode 102: Confirmation Bias and Its Impact

The Rider’s Mind Podcast Episode 102: Confirmation Bias and Its Impact   Do you ever feel like someone is just absolutely out to lunch with their beliefs?  You’ve maybe been feeling like this a lot lately. There seem to be a lot of polarizing topics out there right...

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Episode 101: Q&A-Taking it to the Next Level

The Rider’s Mind Podcast Episode 101: Q&A-Taking it to the Next Level   Today’s episode is based on a question from a listener. Question: Do you have any sage advice for someone who has a horse that is ready to move to the next level? Answer: Get honest about what is...

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Episode 100: Reflect on What You See in the Mirror

The Rider’s Mind Podcast Episode 100: Reflect on What You See in the Mirror   Here we are at episode 100! This is epic for me to have consistently produced something 100 times in a row!  In this episode, I’m talking about a social media post I wrote called The Mirror....

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Episode 99: How to Know if You’re Out of Your Comfort Zone

The Rider’s Mind Podcast Episode 99: How to Know if You’re Out of Your Comfort Zone   I think it’s important to be able to recognize the signs of when you’re leaving your comfort zone, so you can acknowledge the feelings and then go ahead and do it anyway! Many of the...

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Episode 98: 10 Horse & Life Lessons from Running 5km

The Rider’s Mind Podcast Episode 98:10 Horse & Life Lessons from Running 5km I’ve been doing a thing lately… training to run 5 kilometers. I’ve had a lot of thoughts while running and I’m excited to share some of the lessons I’ve learned with you in this episode! On...

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Episode 97: Stop Leaving Your Brain at the Gate

The Rider’s Mind Podcast Episode 97: Stop Leaving Your Brain at the Gate Have you ever had the feeling that you left your head on the fence post when you headed into the arena to show? After your run, you aren’t sure where you were or how you managed to complete your...

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Episode 96: Use the Outside-in Approach for Added Perspective

The Rider’s Mind Podcast Episode 96: Use the Outside-in Approach for Added Perspective I have a couple of approaches for you to use when you don’t see the way out of your situation and are having trouble finding answers to your problems. These are strategies I use...

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Episode 95: Develop Resilience for Uncertainty

The Rider’s Mind Podcast Episode 95: Develop Resilience for Uncertainty Our brains are like bodyguards working behind the scenes to keep us alive. That’s why we like outcomes that are highly predictable. We like when we have an idea of how things are going to go....

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Episode 94: Overcoming Rider’s Block

The Rider’s Mind Podcast Episode 94: Overcoming Rider’s Block “Don't let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.” ― Babe Ruth Don’t let the fear of getting it wrong stop you from getting started. This idea is really meaningful to me right now.  I’ve...

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Episode 93: Emotional Connections to Your Body

The Rider’s Mind Podcast Episode 93: Emotional Connections to Your Body In this episode, I share how the unhealed traumas you have might be impacting your health, your body and maybe even your ability to ride. When you stuff those skeletons in the closet and don’t...

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Episode 92: Repatterning Your Mind

The Rider’s Mind Podcast Episode 92: Repatterning Your Mind When I started learning about habits and repatterning, it really helped me empathize with horses and how it can sometimes be hard for them to create new habits. Knowing how habits are created through neural...

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Episode 90: Destination Addiction

The Rider’s Mind Podcast Episode 90: Destination Addiction  I’ll be happy when….. I know I’ll be good when… Once I do this, I’ll feel better… Once I lose the weight, get the house, win the rodeo…. If you’re attaching your happiness to an outcome, it’s very possible...

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Episode 89: Interview with Adelle Stewart

The Rider’s Mind Podcast Episode 89: Interview with Adelle Stewart  We cover a lot in this episode with special guest Adelle Stewart. She’s got background with speaking, horses and health & wellness. In this episode, we talk about embracing a healthier lifestyle,...

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Episode 88: Weight “Matters”

The Rider’s Mind Podcast Episode 88: Weight “Matters” This episode is very personal as I share some of the troubles I’ve had with my own body image.  I discuss the limiting beliefs and stories that we may have around weight. I also talk about whether or not weight...

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Episode 87: Interview with Leslie Kinsel

The Rider’s Mind Podcast Episode 87: Interview with Leslie Kinsel I may have had a fangirl moment when Leslie Kinsel replied to one of my newsletter emails. My email was about the concerns I have with the barrel racing industry and how it can be hard to watch the lack...

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Episode 86: When to Quit on a Horse

The Rider’s Mind Podcast Episode 86: When to Quit on a Horse It’s like we vow to never quit on a horse, but what if quitting is sometimes the right answer? What if we called it surrender? Would that make you feel better about not following through with a horse? Maybe...

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Episode 85: Why Mental Toughness isn’t About Being Tough

The Rider’s Mind Podcast Episode 85: Why Mental Toughness isn’t About Being Tough Mental toughness is really about being vulnerable and not really about being tough at all. You might have the tendency to think you need to cowgirl up, grind it out and be tough to do...

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Episode 84: Your Part in Partnership

The Rider’s Mind Podcast Episode 84: Your Part in Partnership Partnership is not imperative to win, but if you love horses, partnership is the icing on the cake.  Partnership allows you to take it to the next level and compete with connection and synergy.  You’ll get...

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Episode 83: Tension Doesn’t Belong in Performance

The Rider’s Mind Podcast Episode 83: Tension Doesn't Belong in Performance In this episode, I’m going to have you tune into your energy when I talk about performance in two different ways. I want you to notice which one feels best to you.  I also want you to think...

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Episode 82: Being Present isn’t Presence

The Rider’s Mind Podcast Episode 82: Being Present isn’t Presence In this episode, I go into detail about the presence pillar of the Mindful Barrel Racer Framework.  It’s all about being present, not only in body, but also in mind and in spirit. Being present can...

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Episode 81: Change is Coming and You’re Invited

The Rider’s Mind Podcast Episode 81: Change is Coming and You’re Invited In this episode, I’m calling on all equestrians who recognize the benefits of becoming more aware of our actions in the saddle to join my movement towards conscious and intentional partnering...

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Episode 80: Why Mindset Matters

The Rider’s Mind Podcast Episode 80: Why Mindset Matters In this episode, I share why mindset matters and how the 3 pillars of my Mindful Barrel Racer Framework can help you succeed with your horse. You’re invited to The Rise of the Mindful Barrel Racer! Register here...

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Episode 79: The Pressure Puzzle

The Rider’s Mind Podcast Episode 79: The Pressure Puzzle I’ve been studying the horse’s nervous system and learning to pay attention to their state of arousal. I’ve been training with this in mind and I’m excited to share with you what I’ve learned! In this episode,...

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Episode 78: Q&A – How can I reset after a bad experience?

The Rider’s Mind Podcast Episode 78: Q&A - How can I reset after a bad experience? This Q&A episode will help you overcome a challenging incident with your horse. If your horse has run up the wall, tripped and fell, struggled at the gate or faced some other challenge,...

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Episode 77:How to Use Your Mirror Neurons to Learn

The Rider’s Mind Podcast Episode 77: How to Use Your Mirror Neurons to Learn If you’ve had anything to do with 4H, you’ve probably heard the saying “learn to do by doing.” Today, I’m sharing about learning by watching. You have special neurons called mirror neurons...

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