Category: Sports Psychology

Baggage Claim: Five Tips For Managing Horse Show Nerves

By Karen L. Waite, Ph.D. I went to college with a kid who wanted to be a parole officer. He had also been in jail a few times. Some found this odd…I thought it was genius. Who better to understand the thought process of… Continue Reading “Baggage Claim: Five Tips For Managing Horse Show Nerves”

Building Mental Muscle

 Karen L. Waite, Ph. D. One of the least useful phrases in the English language is “just relax”. I can’t think of one time in my life when someone said it when my response was “By golly, you’re right! Why didn’t I think… Continue Reading “Building Mental Muscle”

Getting the Butterflies Back on Pattern

By Karen L. Waite, Ph.D. Have you ever wanted to do well at something so badly that everything you do is somehow connected to it? It’s (almost) all you think about, and you plan your free time, budget, living arrangements, wardrobe and hairdo around… Continue Reading “Getting the Butterflies Back on Pattern”

Blue Ribbons and Facebook Likes

By Karen L. Waite, Ph. D. Earlier this year I was speaking at a (pre Pandemic) Horse industry conference and afterwards a young person asked…”how did you learn to be ok with not winning? “ My first response? I was a bit flabbergasted. I… Continue Reading “Blue Ribbons and Facebook Likes”

Thank God For Aqua-Net…and Other Things I Can’t Always Say When Judging Horse Shows

Photo credit: Rick Barnes By Karen L. Waite, Ph. D. This is for the ones who are just getting started, or even those who’ve been at it awhile, but can’t quite figure out how to get better. The ones who go to horse shows… Continue Reading “Thank God For Aqua-Net…and Other Things I Can’t Always Say When Judging Horse Shows”

Maybe Participation Trophies Aren’t The Problem

By Karen Waite, Ph. D. In the last few weeks one of my (least) favorite topics has come up several times…that of the “participation trophy” and the fact that the world is obviously doomed to fail because some organizations have chosen not to place… Continue Reading “Maybe Participation Trophies Aren’t The Problem”

When is Zero Greater Than Sixty-Five?

By Karen Waite It would appear I’ve lost the ability to count to 2.  Or 3.  Or at all.  While there is every reason to think this is a temporary situation, it doesn’t make it any less annoying, especially when you’re showing a Reining… Continue Reading “When is Zero Greater Than Sixty-Five?”

Grit Isn’t Just For Chickens

By Karen L. Waite, Ph. D. If you are a friend on my personal Facebook page, I’m sure at some point you’ve thought “Why does this insufferable woman post so much?  And why does she always post about her FAILURES?  Who DOES that?”  Great… Continue Reading “Grit Isn’t Just For Chickens”

Work Smarter AND Harder

Photo credit: A lot has been said about Goal Setting. If you Google goal setting or SMART goals, you can spend weeks going through the 18, 800,000 hits, if you’ve got that kind if time.  And little wonder…it’s an important skill. It’s hard… Continue Reading “Work Smarter AND Harder”

When Your Mom is “That Mom”(Ok Not MY Mom)

It was bound to happen sooner or later. I’m not sure why I wasn’t more prepared…in hindsight, I should have been. I was speaking at a scientific section meeting on the topic of the human aspect of show horse welfare (part of my “day… Continue Reading “When Your Mom is “That Mom”(Ok Not MY Mom)”