As the minutes spent in the saddle tick by, we all get trapped in repeating habits.
What equestrians may not know about these repeating habits is that 1) they often don’t recognize them and 2) they shape what you can and can’t do. We become comfortable with these behaviors and, if we fail to acknowledge them, they end up running the show.
Most people are familiar with the traditional idea of “comfort zone”: the space where your activities and behaviors fit a routine and pattern that minimizes stress and risk. It’s a comfortable place where we aren’t threatened, everything always stays relatively the same, and that offers mental security.
It’s also a place that limits your progress—most riders maintain a “comfort zone” that is often below where they are capable of riding.
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