LAURA Wilson of Laura Wilson Coaching is the owner of Loughowan Farm Livery, Hillsborough. She is an accredited equestrian coach, who also offers flatwork schooling services and hopes to be back out competing again as soon as possible.
Laura coaches all levels of rider and horse, working on the foundations of correct schooling to inspire positive partnerships and achieve goals. She uses social media to outline challenges she faces while riding, lunging and coaching daily.
“After a recent injury had me off my feet for a few weeks, it gave me some unplanned time to think…” says Laura.
“For months, I had worked hard, worked harder and had got lost in my own bubble and worries during the first lockdown. During this time, I had concentrated on working in-hand and getting to know my horses from the ground.
“Equestrian professionals often run on empty, especially over the winter months, when it seems there is no end to work. For myself and most equestrians, it usually takes injury or illness to stop us in our tracks and make us realise we are not invincible!” she continued.
“As a coach and rider myself, I know that I am able to give the gift of positivity and determination to my clients, but often cannot take my own advice. At this time, with no goals, no focus and no end in sight, it is easy to get stuck in our own thoughts with ongoing concerns and stresses.
“Take time now to concentrate on self-care and reconnect with positive influences, whether this is contacting friends, taking part in forgotten hobbies or getting out of the yard to explore our beautiful countryside (Covid permitting, of course!),” Laura advises.
“It is also a good opportunity to spend time improving our strength, fitness and look after our mental health. Working with horses can be a lonely business at times, so it is important to prioritise keeping in contact with friends, no matter how busy we are with every day routines. Also, look out for friends who may be struggling at the moment – always be positive and support each other.
“Above all, remember how we all started with our love of horses. This passion will get us through the challenging months ahead… My mail box is always open for a friendly chat!” Laura concluded.
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