Brain Training for Riders

Unlock Your Riding Potential with StressLess Techniques for Conquering Fear, Improving Performance, and Finding Focused Calm

Andrea Monsarrat Waldo



Did you know there is an area of your brain known as the "Lizard Brain" that thinks only about the immediate moment and your means of survival? Yes, in certain circumstances, your "Rational Brain" can effectively "shut down" and you are at the mercy of a reptile...dry-mouthed, sweating, queasy, unable to think clearly—even though you know better. When does the Lizard Brain run the show? It can happen in any number of unfamiliar, uncomfortable, challenging, or "stressful" riding situations. But here's the thing: with the right kind of training, you can learn to manage the reptile within, which leads to greater confidence with horses, better riding performance, and ultimately, happiness at the barn, at shows, and everywhere in between. Andrea Waldo teaches you how to:

  • Handle uncomfortable emotions, such as fear, anger, anxiety, and embarrassment.
  • Hone your mental game and focus your riding time to get the most out of your hours in the saddle.
  • Care for your emotional injuries the same way you would care for an injured horse.
  • Produce a state of "Focused Calm" and tap into the skills you have (whether you know it or not!) to ensure an outstanding ride. 
Additional Information

Author: Andrea Monsarrat Waldo

Format: Paperback

Page Count: 224


ISBN: 9781570767517

By Andrea Monsarrat Waldo

Andrea Monsarrat Waldo holds a Master's Degree in Counseling and is a riding instructor certified in 2008 by the United States Eventing Association. She is co-owner of Triple Combination Farm in Ferrisburgh, Vermont, where she and her two business partners train horses and riders of all ages and abilities in the sports of eventing and dressage. 

Andrea currently competes through the Intermediate level in eventing, has shown through third level in dressage, and has brought along several horses from the very beginning of their training. She was also a practicing psychotherapist from 1994 until 2012 and now does StressLess Riding Performance Coaching in workshops and individual sessions with equestrians at all levels of horse sports. She remains dedicated to constant development in both her riding and psychological training by seeking out regular riding instruction and staying abreast of current literature in equestrian theory, psychology, and neuroscience.

Warmbloods Today Says:

“Unlocks many secrets as to how and why riders can avoid becoming uptight and anxious in the horse world...inspiring and informational.”

Trail Rider Says:

"If you’re fearful, don’t stop riding, start reading.”

USEA Hall-of-Fame Inductee Denny Emerson Says:

"Andrea Waldo knows what it takes to overcome challenges that would flatten most people. The strategies in this book worked for her—we'd do well to listen."