Real Fear VS Imagined Fear| FearLESS Friday Throwback

Real Fear VS Imagined Fear

Hey Riding Superstars! Today we have one of our most popular FearLESS Friday TV Throwback! Real Fear VS Imagined Fear.

I’m sure if you’re feeling a little overwhelmed about fear and different stuff going on in your riding, you’re probably feeling the same frustration, because it doesn’t make sense. And you know rationally you shouldn’t be afraid or you know logically that there isn’t a problem, but yet you’re scared.

I’m sure if you’re feeling a little overwhelmed about fear and different stuff going on in your riding, you’re probably feeling the same frustration, because it doesn’t make sense. And you know rationally you shouldn’t be afraid or you know logically that there isn’t a problem, but yet you’re scared.

 

I’d love to hear from you how you go and what strategies you use to get your horse to canter.

Offer as much details as possible in your reply – your story might just help someone else have a breakthrough in their riding journey!

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To Your Success,

Natasha Althoff

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​Hey FearLESS Superstars, and welcome to FearLESS Friday. My name is Natasha Althoff and I’m a Grand Prix dressage rider from Australia. And FearLESS Friday is all about helping you with your riding fears. So I don’t know if you know, but I’ve written a book, who knew? I’ve written a book and I wanted to talk about a chapter from the book, which I’ve titled the chapter, What Is Fear? And I want to talk about the two types of fear.

So is your fear real or imagined? I was coaching a gorgeous lady that rides some of these horses here at the Institute and she is riding a horse that gets her off a lot. He’s very fun and she shouldn’t have a real fear, he doesn’t kill her, but he does get her off. So there is an understandable reality of fear that could be present there. But she doesn’t feel it. And I was helping her with a young horse and the young horse was getting a fraught and every time the young folds got a fright, it would shoot off in trot or maybe even have a little bit of a canter. Wouldn’t buck, wouldn’t bolt from here to high heaven and not be able to return. All it needed to be was turned on a circle and it would come back to trot and she was terrified. She was like, “Oh my God…”

And I was just going, wow, because that’s an imagined fear. There is no threat here. If the horse gets a fright and goes a little bit faster and trot or goes a little bit faster in canter, you’re perfectly adequately, suitably as a rider are able to handle that. You will not have any chance full off. You will not add any way, not be able to handle it. You know how to turn a circle, you know how to slow down a horse so there’s absolutely no threat here. But yet you’re a quivering mess. With and with the other horse where there actually is a threat. You’re like, “Oh no, it’s fine, let’s go.” And I just giggle. I giggle about that and she was really frustrated because she’s like, “This doesn’t make sense. I should not be afraid.” And I went, yeah, we’ll fear doesn’t make sense.

And I’m sure if you’re feeling a little overwhelmed about fear and different stuff going on in your riding, you’re probably feeling the same frustration, because it doesn’t make sense. And you know rationally you shouldn’t be afraid or you know logically that there isn’t a problem, but yet you’re scared. So we talk about that a lot in the book. We talk about that a lot in the program as well, FearLESS Mastery, because I know I’m not dealing with logic and I know I’m not dealing with reality. I’m dealing with your brain. And did you know your brain doesn’t actually work in reality or logic? Well it does, but there’s another part of it that doesn’t.

So we need to work with that archaic part of your brain to make sure that it does feel safe, that it doesn’t fire off this old response it’s fear of, what is it? Fight or flight. We can get that adrenaline going. We need to be able to deal with that sort of mindset and change it so you’re not feeling that irrational fear or that illogical fear.

So if you’d like to know more about that for the month of November, I’ve got a really cool special going on where when you joined FearLESS Mastery for just a dollar, you get the first four chapters of my FearLESS Riding book for free. And that’s me talking through the four chapters. It’s actually me reading the book and I add-lib because I can’t just read a book, I have to add more stuff. So you get that as your bonus and month one is only a dollar and you can cancel it anytime. Or if you feel the program’s helping you and you feel the program is getting you the riding results, you can continue and the second month is $49 a month.

So that’s that. Also the FearLESS riding book is available at the Your Riding Success store. And the audio book, a lot of people who have been asking when the audio book will be released and that will be released on the 7th of December. So if you need that, that’s there for you as well. So you guys have a great FearLESS Friday. Think about in your riding this week, if you are having fear, is it real or is it imagined? And what are you going to do about it? Because if it’s real, you need some strategies to make yourself safe and to make yourself have the skills that you can handle it. And if it’s imagined, what are you going to do in your brain and what are you going to do in your mind to get rid of that fear? Because it’s going to be holding you back. So trust that helps checkout fearlessridingsuccess.com and I will see you guys next week. Bye.

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