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Did you know there is an area of your brain known as the Lizard Brain” that thinks only about the immediate moment and your means of survival? Yes, in certain circumstances, your Rational Brain” can effectively shut down” and you are at the mercy of a reptile ... dry-mouthed, sweating, queasy, unable to think clearlyeven though you know better. When does the Lizard Brain run the show? It can happen in any number of unfamiliar, uncomfortable, challenging, or stressful” riding situations. But here’s the thing: with the right kind of training, you can learn to manage the reptile within, which leads to greater confidence with horses, better riding performance, and ultimately, happiness at the barn, at shows, and everywhere in between. Andrea Monsarrat Waldo teaches you how to: handle uncomfortable emotions, such as fear, anger, anxiety, and embarrassment; hone your mental game and focus your riding time to get the most out of your hours in the saddle; care for your emotional injuries the same way you would care for an injured horse; and produce a state of Focused Calm” and tap into the skills you have (whether you know it or not!) to ensure an outstanding ride.
Andrea Waldo holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling and is a riding instructor certified in 2008 by the United States Eventing Association. She is co-owner of Triple Combination Farm in Ferrisburgh, VT, where she and her two business partners train horses and riders of all ages and abilities in the sports of eventing and dressage.
Andrea currently competes through the Intermediate level in eventing, has shown through third level in dressage, and has brought along several horses from the very beginning of their training. She was also a practicing psychotherapist from 1994 until 2012 and now does StressLess Riding Performance Coaching in workshops and individual sessions with equestrians at all levels of horse sports. She remains dedicated to constant development in both her riding and psychological training by seeking out regular riding instruction and staying abreast of current literature in equestrian theory, psychology, and neuroscience.