The Forging Ahead Approach to Mental Skills Development

Embrace Your Equestrian Journey and Unleash Your Full Potential

Discover your Purpose

At Forging Ahead, we believe that discovering your purpose in life is a transformative journey that can bring immense fulfilment and clarity. Our process begins by helping you uncover your passions, strengths, and values. We delve into your unique experiences and aspirations, guiding you to connect with your deepest motivations. By exploring your equestrian journey and beyond, we empower you to align your life with your true purpose. Whether you're an aspiring rider, a seasoned equestrian, or someone seeking personal growth, Linda is dedicated to helping you discover and embrace your purpose with excitement and joy.

Overcome Limiting Beliefs and Fears

At Forging Ahead, we understand that overcoming limiting beliefs and fears is essential for personal growth and success. Our process involves recognising and challenging the negative thoughts and self-doubt that may be holding you back. Through supportive coaching, we help you develop a positive mindset, build resilience, and cultivate self-confidence. We believe that true progress is achieved when you push beyond your comfort zone and embrace new possibilities. With our guidance, you'll learn to trust in your abilities, face challenges head-on, and achieve remarkable breakthroughs in your equestrian journey and in life.

Thriving in the Equestrian World

Thriving in the equestrian world requires more than just technical skills. At Forging Ahead, we prioritise the development of mental and emotional resilience to help you excel as an equestrian. Our process focuses on building mental toughness, concentration, and stress management techniques tailored specifically for riders. We understand the unique demands of the equestrian sport, from competition nerves to the bond between horse and rider. Through our comprehensive coaching approach, we empower you to handle pressure with confidence, stay focused on your goals, and cultivate a harmonious partnership with your equine partner. With our guidance, you'll not only enhance your equestrian performance but also deepen your connection and joy in the saddle.

Nine Essential Mental Skills for Equestrians:

  • Attitude

  • Motivation

  • Communication

  • Goal Setting

  • Visualisation

  • Self-Talk

  • Manage Emotions

  • Manage Anxiety

  • Focus

In the Forging Ahead Academy this year

We are going "Back to Basics" this year!

Do you ever find yourself wishing you were in a different place with your riding? Perhaps in a higher grade? Perhaps feeling more confident at shows and in lessons?

Have you ever focussed more on the destination than the journey, and found you were impatient that you weren't there yet?

This year in the Academy, the focus is on combining the energies of Body, Mind and Soul, to help us to be more in touch with all the nuances we miss when we are going too fast.

Fall in love with your riding again this year - experience that pure joy and happiness that only our horses bring.

What do Academy Members Say?

"I joined the Academy with ambitious riding goals, aiming to overcome some bad habits and my own self-doubts. Unfortunately, my horse's soundness issues thwarted my dreams.

However, the Academy provided unexpected camaraderie, helping me cope with disappointment and gain perspective.

It's been a journey of self-discovery, revealing aspects of myself I'd denied. As a private person, sharing in this safe space has been a growth experience, benefiting not just my riding but also managing work-related stress.

I really look forward to our fortnightly meetings with Linda and the rest of the gang - they are the little carrot which keep me going forward through what could have been a really rough patch."


Show Jumper - Eastern Cape

Mental Skills coaching for Equestrians


+27 83 743. 7203

Noordhoek, Western Cape, SA

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