Articles by Tonya Johnston

Mental Skills Training Articles
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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Riding Your Sales Horse? How to Handle the Pressure

Appeared on ProEquest.com, January 2016 By Tonya Johnston, MA Your potential buyers just called from the airport to say they are on their way. You may be at a horse show or at your barn at home, but either way you have everything lined up and in tip-top shape. Though...

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Competing “Against” Friends

Appeared in iJump Magazine, January 2013 By Tonya Johnston, MA   Going to horse shows with your friends can be a fantastic, fun experience. You get to root for each other, be silly together between classes, clap and whoop after each other’s great rides, and help one...

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Preparing for a New Horse Show

Preparing for a New Horse Show

Preparing for a New Horse Show The Plaid Horse, April 2015 By Tonya Johnston, MA It doesn’t matter how long you have been riding and competing, arriving at a new horse show venue is always exciting! Recently I had the good fortune of traveling for the first time to...

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Psychological Tips and Tools for Trying a New Horse

Psychological Tips and Tools for Trying a New Horse

by Tonya Johnston, MA Featured article on ProEquest.com, October, 2014 How do you keep yourself calm, cool and collected while you are trying Mr. or Ms. Maybe-Right? Let’s face it, trying new horses can be a lot like going on a bunch of highly recommended blind dates....

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Channel Your Energy Productively

Channel Your Energy Productively

by Tonya Johnston, MA Appeared in Practical Horseman, July 2012 There you are on your horse, waiting for your lesson to start. Things have been very challenging recently, and to say you’ve been having a rough time is an understatement. These difficulties are...

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