"Inside Your Ride"

Tonya’s column in Practical Horseman magazine

Following the success of Tonya’s book, Practical Horseman magazine invited her to write a regular column on mental skills for riders aptly titled “Inside Your Ride”. Articles appearing every other month feature quotes about the mental preparation tools or psychological approach of a top rider or trainer, as well as clear instruction from Tonya on how any rider can apply those same mental skills concepts.

Long Standing Student-Trainer relationship

Long Standing Student-Trainer relationship

What are the most important things you can do to keep your relationship with your trainer going strong? Perhaps you have an annual goals meeting. Or you make sure to let her know what you appreciated most at the end of a lesson. There are so many facets to a healthy,...

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Take Full Advantage Of Your ‘Why’

Take Full Advantage Of Your ‘Why’

How to create and utilize a motivation statement Exercept from Tonya's column "Why do you ride?” “Why do you compete?” Ask two people those questions and you are sure to get different answers. We each have our own personal passion that keeps us involved in this...

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Eric Navat

Eric Navat

Eric Navet is featured in my next article for Practical Horseman Magazine “I think one mistake people make is to try to go faster than the other people [in the class]... Don’t try to do better than the others, do the best you can on your horse in the moment. When it’s...

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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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