The Grayt Adventure - Holly Grayton's Blog

In my life I am all-consumed with horses: reading about them, watching videos, what exercises we are going to work on etc... but more and more I find myself growing and learning through my experiences with them. And so here it will be, my everyday meanderings about life through horses and sport.

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I'm no quitter

So I recently read this article about Tiffany Foster: http://www.cbc.ca/playersvoice/entry/my-back-was-broken-my-determination-never I was struck even by the title – ‘My back was broken, my determination, Never’. Immediately I thought, Wow! that’s dedication, that’s pretty amazing, that’s maybe even a little bit crazy. Is it possible that she never even had the thought “Oh, this isn’t meant for me” or “Maybe I should do something else?” Especially after such an incident? And then I read another article about her first Olympic experience https://www.cbc.ca/sports/canadian-rider-tiffany-foster-learning-from-olympic-heartbreak-1.1305988 That would have been so disappointing to be sure, and I re

Affirmations...it's love/hate

I hate affirmations! Ok that’s a bold statement but it’s at least a little bit true. I always feel like I’m lying to myself when I say some sort of affirmation… probably because the whole basis of affirmations is, in fact, lying to yourself in a way. If you look in the mirror and tell yourself something that you don’t believe to be true, you are effectively lying to your own face. So I’m going to need a work-around. Tell yourself something you can believe. For instance, if I’m trying to lose weight; Instead of saying a typical affirmation like, “You are so thin and have lost so much weight, good for you!” it would be more appropriate to say, “I’m really proud of you for not eating dessert la

Energy Follow Up:

I got thinking more about the energy we need to win, and I think it goes much further than just how we prepare for the class. On the weekend I was showing myself, and I was thinking about people that win a lot. Kent Farrington came to mind (and then a article with many quotes from him and Steve Guerdat came up and I thought how serendipitous!) Anyway, when I think of Kent I think he trains all the time with winning in mind. If I am not basing everything I do energetically around winning then why should I expect to win? No, this obviously doesn’t have to be a ‘all or nothing’ situation, but if we aren’t practicing with winning in mind, then we aren’t visualizing wins and believing we can and

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