Western Horsemanship - Mental Preparation for Pattern Work


Carla Wennberg, coach, judge and FEI steward, introduces her Western Horsemanship video series with a free lesson about the mental preparation of the rider required to perform a horsemanship pattern at a show. Carla’s strategy for the success of her riders calls for repeated rehearsal and practice of the pattern. She suggests riders walk and talk the pattern on foot to get comfortable with the arena and to lay out the visuals to complete the pattern work. It is important for the rider to talk through their thought process so  any corrections can be made before getting on the horse. Proper mental preparation gives the rider confidence and helps them win events.

Running Time: 6 minutes and 53 seconds


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Rebecca Alden

St. Andrews University Equestrian Center


Equine activities can be hazardous and may subject participants to injury. Neither Equestrian Coach, LLC nor Carla Wennberg assume liability for your activities. This program provides general instructions and techniques that may not be suitable for everyone. No warranty is given regarding suitability of these instructions to the viewer.