Ann-Maree Lourey, equestrian psychologist - Byalee Stables

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Ann-Maree Lourey, equestrian psychologist

Psyched for Success
Psyched for Success

Too many equestrians are put off by every day challenges, by life ‘getting in the way’, by a lack of motivation and/or by a lack of clear goal setting and a breakdown of what they need to do to get where they want to go.

Clients dream of doing what their idols do, but they need direction to get there. Industry experience shows that this can really happen - all it takes is the right tools and support.

Ann-Maree Lourey is a trained equestrian psychologist and she will have you 'Psyched for Success' to ensure that you achieve your goals. Ann-Maree is VETAB (vocationally) qualified, holds a diploma in sports Psychology and a degree in psychology. She has also studied life coaching and counselling.

Don't hesitate, don't procrastinate. Motivate yourself and contact Ann-Maree today!

You could soon be like the many students featured in Horse Deals columns below!


Horse riding is a difficult sport. It can make you or break you. It isn’t just about you, after all. It forces you to interact with another mind, one that doesn’t always follow yours.

Don’t think for a moment that Grand Prix riders don’t till cry with frustration, curse the fact that they cannot get something right.

Don’t think for a moment that Ann-Maree doesn’t remember sitting cross-legged in the sand of the arena, howling with frustration because her first horse simply would not lunge and took off at gallop in every session; that she doesn’t remember what it was like to be lacking the knowledge to load a horse into a float; that she doesn’t remember her horse’s head waving in the air like a giraffe because she had no idea how to get it on the bit; that she doesn’t remember waking up at 4am, petrified at the thought of having to get on that one horse that felt like it was going to kill her that day …

Horse riding takes strength, stamina, flexibility, confidence … and it takes commitment, time, patience and the ability to build a relationship with a horse. Most of all, it takes persistence, resilience and patience, as well as an inspiring coach to help keep your motivation high on those freezing winter days (the ones with the arctic gales where the rugs envelop you in the washbay) or those humid 45 degree summer afternoons when the pool looks waaaay more popular.

Riding a horse can leave you screaming in frustration, crying as you drive home from the stables, or floating on a high for 24 hours … its effect on our emotions is almost unrivalled and our involvement in horses has the ability to make or break our mood for days!

Riding – whether competitively or not – is something that above all else does seem to bring on an out-of-proportion fear of failure. Right from the get go, the typical horse rider is comparing themselves to others, whether it be to check that they have progressed the same amount in the same time, whether they can do movements like their friend, whether they too have been promoted to ride outside the arena … right up to whether your colleague showed better piaffe at the international competition or not. But when you think about it, this is no different to life in general!

It is easy to set a goal, but making a clear plan and following a path to that goal is not so easy. Want to set a goal but can’t get there? Ann-Maree can help – that’s why Byalee is all about achieving the dream!

Maybe you want to achieve your dream but your fear or anxiety is getting in the way …

Let’s look at the difference between fear and anxiety – they both cause similar symptoms like tense muscles, not breathing, faster heart rate. Both force you to decide between flight and fight. However, they are very different!

Fear is when you feel threatened by an actual reality – facing a bushfire metres from your home.

Anxiety is where you might experience the same symptoms without there being any apparent risk. Sometimes you won’t even be able to explain why you feel anxious, but breaking it down can be one of first steps towards its elimination. So too can be overlaying the memories of some form of equestrian trauma (eg a fall) with layers of happy memories … remember, we are what we do, over and over again. It can take as little as 21 days to create a new habit, like not strangling your horse as you move into canter … and 66 days to cement it and make it automatic.

You see what this means? We can help you to be a new, improved rider in less than a month! We can make achievable goals and work you towards your dream coming true.
Schedule an on-ground or on-horse session with Ann-Maree and you will know that you have set in place the first step towards your longed-for success.

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