Technology touches every part of our lives.It cools our houses, helps us run faster, gets us better fuel mileage, and ensures there is always a song we like on the radio. When technology is applied to horses, the best application in a long time has been the use of MRI in the diagnosis and treatment of lameness.
Winning starts well before you step into the pen or onto the field. You need to believe you can achieve whatever it is that you set out to do. But where does that confidence come from?
Pursuing performance goals can be a grueling challenge for even the most dedicated and ambitious of us. It can be even more difficult to motivate others to stay focused and committed on the path of progress, but that's just what coaches and trainers have to do. As the team leader, it is your job to promote a cohesive team that meets the needs of not only the team but of the individual members themselves.
Emotional regulation is critical for peak performance. We have to learn how to regulate the way we feel to control the impact on our actions, and ultimately our performance. Elite athletes learn how to identify and control various emotions to stay on target with their performance goals. What type of emotions can affect the way we perform? How do they impact our performance? What can we do to minimize this impact?
I would be interested to know, from a horse owner standpoint, how many people choose to insure their horses for loss of use and/or major medical coverage versus straight mortality coverage?
I have insured my own personal horses for just mortality in the past, since as a veterinarian I can get my work done at a little better deal than the average horse owner. But, what horse insurance comes down to, in my opinion, is how much money are you willing to walk away from and not have a problem with it.
By now, I hope I have convinced you that great performances require far more than just physical ability. Our mental skills enable us to bring it all together and deliver upon command, but our thinkers can just as easily let us down.