Three girls horses in a field. All three girls are wearing black riding boots, white pants, collared shirts and black riding helmets. The horses are brown and white.

4 Ways Equestrian Coaches Can Prevent Bullying

Posted Posted in Children, Equestrian Mental Health, Lisa Weiss, Parents

The words “you are now being judged” echo over the loudspeaker and all eyes are on your rider. You’ve worked tirelessly to get them where they are today. You’re there to cheer them on no matter what happens in the arena. You’re there supporting them alongside their parents/guardians. Is the rest of the team showing […]

A dark brown horse galloping, preparing to jump. The rider is wearing all white with black boots.

Equestrian Trauma: Understanding the Anxiety After a Horse-Related injury

Posted Posted in Anxiety, Equestrian Mental Health, Lisa Weiss, Trauma

One, two, three, one, two, three, one… His approach was too long to make the jump. The distance wasn’t right and you were unable to correct it. You didn’t see it coming and you’re unbalanced. In a split second, you find yourself tumbling over his shoulder, hitting the ground, and seeing his front legs two […]

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Being a Body-Positive Parent in Equestrian Sports

Posted Posted in Lisa Weiss, Parents, Teens

Teenage girls are constantly comparing themselves to other girls. Participating in a sport where you’re judged based upon your performance and athleticism increases the awareness of appearance. All eyes are on you when you’re competing. Comments come from all directions: peers, coaches, parents, and even the lady at the tack shop. Body image in the […]