Kirsten Farris Psychology
Published 10/08/2014 - 2:00 p.m. CDT

What does Allen Iverson's infamous press conference rant about practice have to do with showing horses? Photo courtesy NBA.
When you look at the definition of sabotage, the key word that makes an act of failure a true work of sabotage is “deliberate”. Let me ask you, how many of you decide ahead of time exactly how you are going to create failure by snatching it out of the jaws of success? Therefore, in the true spirit of sabotage, I would say that very few people commit “Conscious Sabotage” by pre-planning the type of monkey wrench they are going to throw into their winning run.

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Kirsten Farris Psychology
Kirsten Farris Psychology
Published 07/31/2014 - 7:00 a.m. CDT

"Your job as a parent is to lead by example and show your kids that no matter what, they can get through anything and use the experience to transform their life," Farris states. Photo © Impulse Photography
Most people would agree that being a parent is one of the hardest yet rewarding jobs on the planet. You worry, support, nag and bribe your kids to do the right thing, and at the end of the day, all you really want is for your child to be happy. Then, one day, your dear son or daughter says four innocent little words, “I want a horse” and life as you know it will never be the same. 

Rating: 30
Published 06/22/2014 - 10:27 p.m. CDT

"Even though showing horses is considered an individual sport, you are actually part of a team nonetheless," Farris says. Photo © Navy SEALS released
A few weeks ago, the commencement speech at The University of Texas given by Naval Adm. William H. McRaven, ninth commander of U.S. Special Operations Command was floating around cyberspace. The speech was about the 10 life lessons that he learned during his basic SEAL training, and if you have not seen it yet, you can read it here. After reading the article, it occurred to me that equestrians can learn a lot from a Navy SEAL‘s experience.

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Kirsten Farris Psychology
Kirsten Farris Psychology
Published 05/23/2014 - 7:00 a.m. CDT

"Like it or not, what we wear influences the opinions that people form about us," says Kirsten Farris.
Since May is Fashion Month at GoHorseShow, I thought it would be fitting to combine two of my favorite subjects--Clothes and Psychology. To my surprise, they go together like boots and spurs. Try incorporating a few of these tips into your next outfit and you might just find yourself in the winners circle!

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Published 04/17/2014 - 8:00 a.m. CDT

"We all know those people who say they are going to do something and don’t ever do it," Farris states. Photo © Impulse Photography
Confidence is interesting--most people think it is an actual ‘‘thing” that they either have, or they don’t. I think of confidence as a belief in a person's ability to do something and just like a bank account, we either make deposits or withdrawals. If you feel your confidence is constantly in overdraft status, try eliminating the following habits and your account balance will be in the black in no time.

Rating: 37
Kirsten Farris Psychology
Kirsten Farris Psychology
Published 03/25/2014 - 8:00 a.m. CDT

"Always remember that you are a role model, and act accordingly," Farris states. Photo © Impulse Photography
Whether it is winning a World or Congress Championship, a year end title or an all around saddle, most competitors have always dreamed about becoming a “Winner”. In order to achieve your goal, you create a plan, work hard, and you turn your dream into a reality. Then something weird happens. Instead of being on top of the world, you realize that winning comes with its own set of truths.

Rating: 37
Published 02/12/2014 - 8:00 a.m. CDT

"One of the key traits of a MTE is a strong sense of self," Farris states. Photo © USC Gamecocks
According to Graham Jones, Sheldon Hanton and Declan Connaugton, mental toughness is, "Having the natural or developed psychological edge that enables you to: generally, cope better than your opponents with the many demands (competition, training, lifestyle) that sport places on a performer.

Rating: 48
Kirsten Farris Psychology
Kirsten Farris Psychology
Published 01/02/2014 - 8:00 a.m. CDT

"When people come from a place of gratitude, chances are, they will feel more open and experience more happiness and joy in everyday life," Farris states. Photo © Impulse Photography
It’s that time of year again where I cringe every time I hear about resolutions...a.k.a, the average person's "To Do List" for the first week in January. This year, I actually have something that would qualify for a resolution if the resolution is to make themselves and others happy in 2014. What’s even better about this resolution is that I have put it to the test, and I am happy to report that it works!

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Published 12/03/2013 - 6:27 a.m. CDT

"If you want to go places in your life, you will get farther and faster if you aren’t waiting for people to take you there," Kirsten states. Photo © Impulse Photography
Life is funny sometimes. If I just sit back and watch things happen, I am able to spot a trend. In the last month or two, my inbox has delivered ‘messages’ to me that pertain to rider effectiveness. These emails came from various sources that created a list of traits and attributes of effective riders. Once I took off my “dunce” cap, I realized that the universe was telling me that I needed to put together a list of my own. So I did, and here it is.

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