Articles by Tonya Johnston

Mental Skills Training Articles
Eric Navat

Eric Navat

Eric Navet is featured in my next article for Practical Horseman Magazine - can’t wait for you all to read it! “When I was lucky enough to be in the changing horse final in the world games in Stockholm in 1990, I got to ride Gem Twist and Milton — they were horse...

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Find the Right Coach

Find the Right Coach

When, how and who to hire as a mental-skills professional "As you zipped along the highway going home from the barn today, you had some time to reflect on your riding. It was exciting and a little bit intimidating to realize that you feel ready to get some personal,...

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The Superpower called Self-Talk

The Superpower called Self-Talk

“We talk to ourselves all day long. We can’t go more than 11 seconds without saying something. It’s usually something harmless, but when it’s negative then you are undermining yourself. You need to learn to be aware enough to censor your own speech because those...

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Airplane Mode

Airplane Mode

In this column, I discuss why we may want to rethink our phone use while riding - and share some positive ideas on how to change phone habits at the barn texting browsing FB checking email scrolling Insta taking a cute pic I have occasionally done all of these while...

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Yes, Teamwork Does Make the Dream Work

Yes, Teamwork Does Make the Dream Work

Mental skills coach Tonya Johnston and Olympian Allison Brock share tips for enhancing group cohesion at your barn. Absolutely great time of year to think about building/rebuilding/strengthening/appreciating all of your relationships at the barn! Thanks to Olympian...

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Inside Your Ride: Harnessing the Power Of Observation

Inside Your Ride: Harnessing the Power Of Observation

Inside Your Ride: Harnessing the Power Of Observation Enhance confidence and abilities with active visualization and the outside-in principle. As we all hunker down into fall and winter weather at the barn, it may be a good time to think about your riding...

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Practical Horseman Column: Fun as a Key to Success

Practical Horseman Column: Fun as a Key to Success

How to enjoy and succeed during the big moments " ... their desire to actually relish and enjoy the experience of finals was also quite significant in the biggest equitation victories of their careers." Last year, TJ O'Mara and Hunter Holloway-Schuknecht each won two...

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Practical Horseman Column: Pre-Ride Routines 101

Practical Horseman Column: Pre-Ride Routines 101

Whether you are feeling "flat" or "nervous", channeling your energy productively is the key to success. "Remind yourself that you do in fact (1) need your energy and (2) have control over it." Read about how to do this in an excerpt from Inside Your Ride, Chapter 5...

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Inside Your Ride

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