Addendum to the USEA Area 1 Educational Scholarship Application
Every rider in some way or another struggles with nerves. As a Competitor, it sometimes comes as part of showing, attending a clinic or even a lesson. We know it, work on it and learn to live at peace with it…
And, when “nerves” become a bit more like anxiety and sometimes becomes debilitating, a person either quits or seeks out professionals who can help them walk through the walls holding them back.
|When we were care free!|
I worked on these very serious issues with a Psychologist specializing in PTSD work. I got better and began to function again. Jumping was still hard work but my brain did not shut off. Even though I was not riding at the level I was before the accident, there was slow progress.
As I healed, the issues became as much about dealing with an athletic, opinionated spooky mare as my nerves. My psychologist tried but could not help with the riding issues and resulting anxiety. I believe that a Psychologist that events and teaches riding could be the final spot of glue that pulls the pieces together.
You might say, “You could quit rather than putting yourself through this.” I would reply, “For two years preceding the fall, my most challenging part of eventing was the dressage warm up or maybe getting by the judges box without a spooky tight horse. I know we can get back what we lost (without the antics in the warm up or tightness, hopefully) with just a bit more “specialized” help. Eventing is what I want to do – no doubt about it.
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- Day 1 – Therapy first, then a lesson
- Purpose – talk about what is going on before riding, then have Andrea teach me after the session
- Day 2 – Therapy during a lesson
- Purpose – talk me through my anxiety during lesson
- Day 3 – Lesson first, then Therapy
- Purpose – lesson, then help me cope with moving forward
Suzanne Adams – Rider
Fame & Frolic (aka Sugar) – Horse
So the dates for my very own behavioral health (crazy, middle-aged master rider)clinic are 6/14-6/16. No matter what the result, it will be worth the effort and I am very grateful to have this opportunity.