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Recap the most important takeaways from each lesson, with a focus on combining them all into a cohesive practice that you can use throughout your riding career to continuously grow, improve, and reach new goals. Here, Ian also speaks on the importance of continuing to evolve as a student, as well as savouring each moment and truly enjoying one’s life with horses.
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Technical skills get put to the test in this unique film review based lesson, where Ian analyzes the details – big and small – that separate a winning horse and rider. Borrowing from other competitive sports such as football and tennis, we use competition footage, detailed analysis, and instant replays to show what gives Ian the winning edge in this highly competitive jump-off, as he explains how you can put those elements into practice in your own riding.
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When it comes to showing, Ian has a formula for success down to a science. He walks you through how to walk a course properly (and it’s not what you’d expect!), how to strategize for any type of course – from hunters, to jumpers, to equitation, or even cross country – and how to warm up like a pro, tailoring the warm up process to your specific horse, what best sparks your energy, and the specific challenges of the course and competition venue.
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Anchor riders are masters at excelling under pressure, and Ian Millar is the ultimate anchor. In this lesson, Ian lays out the individual skills that anchor riders have to develop to succeed, and explains how each of these relates to every level of rider. From managing your body like a true athlete, to mitigating stress and anxiety, to eating correctly for performance, this is Ian’s hands-on guide to getting the most out of each show day, as influenced by his success anchoring for Team Canada.
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Study the theories of deep learning and the underlying psychology of successful competitive riders, understand the ‘P-principle’ and how it influences a competitive mindset, then get step-by-step practical instruction on exactly how to practice at home for competition, including schooling long and illogical courses, practicing for spooky jumps, and dealing with outside distractions.

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