We love hearing from riders of all ages and disciplines on how Linda has assisted them
“I just wanted to start off by saying a massive thank you for everything you have done for me. When I first saw I had won the 6 mental skills lessons I was so so happy, but I did not realize at the time how much it will have helped me. What I won is so much better than anything else, it is a prize that will stay with me for my whole life.
From the very first mental skills lesson with you, I already felt like I was on a journey to a new mindset. To the very last, where I now know I am steady, tranquil and ready to take on whatever life throws at me next.
You are so welcoming and wise with everything you say. I have noticed in my lessons that I have already overcome some of the things I discussed with you, just from listening to what you say and putting into place the steps you give. I know there is a lot more to solve, but what I have learnt so far is helping me each stride of the way.
I cannot thank you enough for your help.”

“My experience with Forging Ahead gave me a perspective on riding which I thought I lost. Linda helped me regain my love for my horses and the sport itself. After I fell off my horse last year, I felt as if I’d lost control of my riding career, which left me feeling disconnected with my life and even led to other forms of mental illness.
Thanks to Linda I now feel excited and passionate every time I get in the saddle, she helped me put myself and my goals back on track and I’m looking forward to becoming the best rider I know I can be.”

“Therapy is dealing with what happened in the past and life and sports mental coaching is about what is happening now and how you can effect things in the future. This was one of the many main take-home messages I took with me over the last year from my coaching sessions with Linda from Forging Ahead. To realize that there is so much ability and power within yourself to change how you deal with challenges you face in daily life and especially in areas where you require more focus, energy and success. Mental coaching has opened up a new aspect of how I see myself within the realms of what I do and makes me more conscious of how I do it.”

“Good morning Linda, it was a great day for Amber at dressage yesterday. I’m sure she will discuss with you too, but I just wanted to say thank you from my side for helping her. She was more able to calm herself when she got nervous, she didn’t shut down and enjoyed the show. She said she could hear your voice in her head. We are so happy.”

“It went really well today; Mimi came to me and said, “thanks for organizing Linda, because its really helping me. I wasn’t as nervous as I am usually.” First class she came third.. we are really happy, thank you Linda.


“In the brief few sessions I had with Linda leading up to South African Champs,her guidance and input had a positive impact on my entire show.
It gave me a broader perspective , clarity and profound confidence in riding under pressure.”

“Linda was amazing. She imparted a whole new skill set with the tools to implement it.
It has made a huge difference to the attitude as well as the riding: from the ability to handle wobbles and things that didn’t work out with limited recovery time to being assertive about needs to creating her own bubble before classes.
I cannot recommend Linda highly enough – this is the type of coaching that you need, it helps with your riding and carries over into everyday life.”

“I’ve had an interest in sports psychology since the first time I heard about it, I was interested in what they’d have to say and how it all works. When Linda asked me if I was keen for a session with her I said yes; more out of curiosity than thinking I needed much mental help. I have come to realize that there is a lot more to sports psychology than what I first thought. It’s not only for competitions but for everyday training too!
I didn’t know how much “training” goes into “Mental Training” In fact it is the most powerful tool you have at your advantage!
Your mind impacts the quality of your work daily and it’s beneficial to be able to control the negatives because at the end of the day there is no “good” and “bads” only “strengths” and “weaknesses.”
Nichola Mohr

“Dear Linda
Thank you so much for the support and care you have given our daughter.
She has thrived through this period, and has absolutely loved your sessions together.
She is a completely different child from the one who started with you and she now feels a lot more focused and happy.”

Focus on your goal. Don't look in any direction but Ahead.

“After three terrible shows where I felt like the dragon beneath me was snorting and breathing fire at gremlins and goblins that seemed to be everywhere, I decided it was time for something to change. I needed a shift. I contacted Forging Ahead to help me through the Mental Skills coaching. Linda helped me to get back my 3 C’c; Clarity, Control and Confidence and ride towards a successful result at WP Championships. Most of all, I had fun with my tamed dragon who floated around the arena and gave me the most amazing ride.”

“Linda’s coaching has made a huge difference. Amazing to see the difference. She was more assertive with her needs and zoning before her class started and more confident in her classes. And was able to handle results that didn’t go her way very well. Thank you it has made a huge difference.”

‘Linda’s coaching was extremely intuitive and on-point with everything I was feeling, and I found her way of framing my experiences in words very helpful to the process. She was great at guiding me toward a bigger picture and at helping me focus in on changing bits of the picture that would improve the whole. I highly recommend her services to anyone who feels like they needs a better script to work from.’

‘I originally approached Linda as an athlete, asking for advice on dealing with pre-competition nerves. Linda suggested we experiment with some coaching sessions aimed at myself and my horse… It has been such an amazing experience for me, exploring themes that ended up encompassing far more than just what I thought was going on with my riding. This journey has become one of self discovery and acceptance. Thank you Linda for giving me the space to find myself.’

The sessions were really hard work, but I found myself taking a good look at what I do, and how I do it. I wanted to push myself into the next level of competitive riding and be bolder and more driven to succeed. After my block of coaching sessions with Linda, I realise that this is just the beginning of a whole new level of awareness, skills and tools – I am excited for the new experience this is going to be for me!

“I used my holiday to build on the ideas and discussions we had and truly realized the worth in discovering who I really am and what is keeping me back – the true reasons and not the make-believe ones!
Slowly but surely I am starting to turn around my life. You helped me look at perceived problems differently and it also spilled over to my work situation. I now start to see solutions to problems where before I was unable to see a way forward. I started making a wish-list with short-term and long-term goals and put dates to them. I have even been able to cross off some as being done! Now in every situation I try to look for the positive and focus on it rather than negative emotions. You really have made such a big difference in my life, thank you!”

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