Rider psychology and sports coaching

Whether you practice sport riding or not, we can help you!

Riders want to have a good relationship with their horse, for it to respond and give them satisfaction. When expectations are not met, they cause discomfort and can contribute to the loss of the fans or the deterioration of the relationship between the parties of the binomial. Other times, routine, boredom, or perhaps competition anxiety or fear of falling off the horse, also contribute to decreased motivation to ride and loss of confidence. To regain motivation and self-confidence, you have to start from a true knowledge of what a horse is and what our horse is like. It is also necessary to know what our strengths and limitations are, as well as how much energy and dedication we are willing to invest to achieve our goals.

With a thorough understanding of your situation and proper planning with realistic short/medium term goals, we will help you achieve your goals.

Psychological intervention

Regarding the intrapersonal psychological variables, we intervened on the…

  • Motivation: so that the rider recovers the desire to ride a horse, train, overcome difficulties and compete.
  • Self-confidence: so that the rider learns to trust his judgment and that of the horse and not to be afraid of riding. With discipline, work and accompaniment, he will be able to recover the optimal level of confidence.
  • Attention: so that the rider learns to put the focus of attention on what is really relevant, ignoring those internal and external stimuli that limit and distract him, such as signs of anxiety or the pressure he may receive from the environment.
  • Activation: so that the rider learns to regulate the levels of activation that can vary due to the irruption of catastrophic thoughts or excessive euphoria.

In this sense, we have the tools of psychology, such as knowledge of the different intervention techniques that we can use, depending on the situation, as well as Marengo, our mechanical horse, an excellent instrument that allows us to work with riders many other sporting and psychological aspects. Additionally, we have our own platform with self-diagnostics through which we can delve into your case.


Intrapersonal psychological variables

  • Through the techniques of psychology, we can recover motivation and self-confidence, while we can intervene on the anxiety and stress that can be generated by different situations, such as those arising from competition, riding a horse that previously it has thrown us to the ground, etc. Anxiety and stress are the result of psychological mechanisms of anticipation and avoidance and must be treated. Failure to do so can lead to the permanent blocking of the subject or to a very slow and progressive recovery process.
  • Thanks to Marengo and using coping and visualization techniques, we can contribute to the improvement of these psychological variables.
  • Through self-diagnoses, we can learn what our personality traits are and how, for example, our temperament and associated behavioral reactions can influence the behavior of the horse. Knowing our personality can contribute to a better understanding of ourselves, facilitating the modification of non-adaptive behaviors that hinder the relationship with the horse.

Sports coaching

If you compete, from sports psychology and coaching we intervene on the four pillars of performance:

  • Technical: so that the rider has a correct mental representation of his body schema and both, mind and body, are properly aligned.
  • Physical: so that the rider learns to regulate the effort that requires him to make, for example, a certain course of obstacles, learning to breathe correctly and to become aware of the tension in each part of his body.
  • Tactical: so that the rider knows what his limitations and those of his horse are, so that he can make the correct decisions when considering his sporting progression or the best way to approach the competition.
  • Psychological: so that the rider learns to correctly manage successes and failures, as well as the stress that dealing with new difficulties or the pressure of the day of the competition may entail.

Performance pillars