Many horse women tell me “I can’t trail ride, because my horse is herd bound and therefor it’s not safe to take him out.” Or they tell me they don’t know how to help their herd bound horse overcome his separation anxiety. It breaks my heart to hear when people have totally accomplishable dreams and yet they can’t make them happen. Here’s how a dream board can help you!
Make Your Dreams Happen
The only way to make your dreams come true is to have a clear vision of what you want. This sounds like an open stall door, and it is.
I always say: “If you want to go somewhere (accomplish something) you need to know where you want to go. ‘Anywhere’ is not a place on the map.”
Reason #1: A Dream Board will help your brain focus!
When you make a Vision Board you create your personal road map for your equestrian dreams!
By making a Dream Board you make the decision: this is what I want! The moment you do that, all kind of amazing things happen in your brain!
With making a decision about what you want, you put this in your unconscious mind. Now that part of the brain will go searching for ways to get it! It’s really cool!
When I was in high school I fell head over heels in love with a boy in my class. He had an oldtimer car, a white Lada. Whenever I was biking though the city I wished I ran into him.
I thought it was a special car, since I never saw one before… Every time I saw a white Lada, my heart made a little jump: Is that him?!
Amazingly, suddenly the whole city was full of tiny old, rusty white Lada’s! They were all white! (That’s because my brain was’t looking for yellow, green or silver ones).
Put your brain to work! Pick a goal, but be specific! Don’t look for “Lada’s”, look for a tiny, old, white rusty Lada with a specific motor sound!
Pick your ‘destination’ and be specific! Give your brain a treasure map: That’s what I want! Your subconscious brain will help you find it!
When I made my Dream Board when I was a little girl, I wanted to ‘tame a wild horse’. Impossible right? I lived in The Netherlands, a very tiny country with lots of cities and people.
Yet, when I got an offer to get a horse that was born in a nature reserve, and was actually wild, I jumped on the opportunity!
I never tamed a wild horse! But, because I recognized this was one of my wildest dreams, I decided to say Yes!
It still was very scary to take on this responsibility, to be honest! I did it and that’s how I got Kyra! She was super herd bound and positive reinforcement training turned out to be my solution. Kyra became a confident horse that I could take out on trails. Safely! Without a bit!
Reason #2 A Dream Board is a Visual Tool (and your brain loves pictures!)
Have you ever noticed that your brain works in pictures? Yes, the voice in your head is a sound and uses language, but really your brain loves pictures.
When you think of your horse, you see him in front of you. You know how his manes feel, his warm neck when you stroke him. You can remember the smell of his warm breath on your face. How he lifts up his head in the pasture when he hears your voice…
Did you ‘see’ your horse when you read this? That’s your brain making images!
When you collect images, they’ll become powerful reminders!
Making a bucket list and writing it down works, too! By writing in detail what you want, your brain will create the image for you.
But finding a picture that symbolizes what you want, is even more powerful! A pictures says more than a thousand words!
When you want to trail ride but your horse is currently very herd bound, you might envision what could happen. Maybe you’re afraid he’ll rear, buck and run back…
But when you put pictures on your Dream Board that represents safe, fun, calm and controlled trail riding, it looks like this:
You get more of what you focus on.
You decide: fun and happy trail rides? Or scary ones? Most people focus on (have an image of) the scary things that could happen and things they want to avoid…. Focus on what you want! Your Dream Board will help you do that!
Reason #3 Making a Dream Board is fun!
Making a Dream Board for your horse is FUN! You can let your imagination run free! With the internet you can easily find images (no more magazine clippings!) that suits your dreams perfectly!
See what others have on their dream board in our Academy! How they are making their dreams come true and how they do it. Get inspired and expand your mind of what’s possible for you and your horse!
Reason #4 Create a powerful Reminder of Why you have a horse
Once you have your dream board ready, and you’ll place it where you can see it on a regular basis, you have a powerful reminder why you got a horse in the first place! To enjoy! To have fun with, to enjoy nature or to love and be loved.
Reason #5 It makes your life Easier!
Once you have a Dream Board or Vision Board for your Equestrian Dreams, it will make it your life easier. When you exactly know what you’re looking for you can easily recognize and find:
- The right boarding facility (adjacent to trails or the beach, where you can enjoy being in nature with your horse)
- Your dream horse. When you really want to ride, you won’t end up buying a rescue that you can’t ride. But when you want to develop a deep relationship with your horse, that same rescue horse might be the perfect choice for you.
- A mentor or coach that can help you accomplish what you want. If you want to train your horse yourself, you’ll find someone that can coach you to do it. If you’re really specific and want to train your horse with clicker training find someone that can help you do that!
Now you have 5 very good reasons for making a Dream Board for you and your horse, why not start today? I would love to see your dream board! If you’re on Facebook please tag me!
Do you want to do this in a group? Join our workshop. The last Saturday of September we’ll start the Clicker Training Academy year off with making a Vision Board for our Horses for the coming year! Because I know how powerful having your own Dream Board is, and how much it will help to make your dreams come true, it’s a invaluable tool for your clicker training.
If you would like to join our workshop Dream Board for Your Horse, book a call with me. Here’s my calendar.
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I hope this blog gave you a valuable insight. Please share your eye-opener in the comments! I love your feedback!
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