Janeane Reagan helps riders find their zone of peak performance

Published 9:32 am Thursday, June 20, 2013

Reagan demonstrates breathing exercises at Speigel Farms. (photo by Kirk Gollwitzer)

Reagan demonstrates breathing exercises at Speigel Farms. (photo by Kirk Gollwitzer)

Janeane Reagan, PhD, gave a brief tour of the human brain and demonstrated how it can be improved while working with horses, Tuesday, June 18 at Speigel Farm.  Reagan, a clinical psychologist and past assistant professor of psychology at the University of Akron, pointed out the structural differences between the brains of humans and those of horses.    Reagan also demonstrated user-friendly, self-help exercises with members of an equestrian audience.

Reagan said that setting aside time to overcome stress through a series of breathing exercises and mental imagery can improve performance while on a horse and during daily life. “Understanding oneself is the key to finding the zone of peak performance,” said Reagan.

Reagan asked audience members to close their eyes and imagine certain tastes and sensations in order to demonstrate the use of imagery. Preparing for a stressful equestrian event through what Reagan called a mental rehearsal  can provide a rider with a virtual, real-time warm up.  “We must find ways to take charge of our attention and understand what causes us to flip-our-lid,” said Reagan.  

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About Kirk Gollwitzer

Kirk Gollwitzer is a freelance writer frequently writing articles for Google News Service, and other media organizations. After a successful career in software development, Kirk found his true passion telling a story through writing, photography and video. He is constantly projecting people, products and ideas into the national media. Kirk has a passion for music and major interest in people. He is also writing a novel which will be adapted to a screenplay.

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