Get Gritty with Chevy: Horsemanship Life Coaching
Hi, I'm Chevy. As a lifelong horsewoman (and also Hereford cow/calf producer, farm wife, and Mama to two little cowboys) I understand that being a horsewoman isn't just a hobby. It is a lifestyle! I enjoy helping horsewomen apply positive psychology techniques to enjoy their horsemanship journey and achieve their dreams.
I understand the unique struggles that horsewomen face because I face them too! I have felt afraid in the saddle. I have felt nervous and anxious. I have experienced what it feels like to not be confident. After my first son was born, I was terrified in the saddle. And no matter how hard I tried, I couldn't make myself relax. It wasn't that I didn't have horse knowledge or horsemanship skills-before my kids were born I trained wild mustangs for Mustang Makeovers! It wasn't that my horses were unbroke or naughty-they were quiet, gentle ranch horses. The problem was all in my own head. And it was so frustrating! I wanted to be able to lope across a field to gather our cattle. I wanted to be able to relax and ride down the trail with my husband. I wanted to be able to show my horses again.
That is what led me to study mental toughness and positive psychology. Because I love horses, and imagining a life where I didn't ride was not an option! So I began my own journey to rebuild my self-confidence, to overcome the negative self-talk and doubts. And I learned that by mastering simple mental skills I could again ride without fear. I could again ride into a show pen feeling focused instead of nervous.
Along the way I discovered that horses and life are the same. By focusing on what I needed to do to feel more positive in the saddle, I also started to feel more positive with my life in general. It is a cycle-if our life is in balance, if we as a person are more positive, then our horsemanship will improve too.
Along my journey to confidence, I discovered that I wasn't alone. That other cowgirls like me faced the same challenges and lack of confidence-whether it was due to injury, having a family, or being out of the saddle for awhile. And just knowing that I wasn't alone was so healing for me, and I knew that helping others regain their confidence was part of my purpose along my own horsemanship journey. So I studied Life Coaching, and became certified as a Confidence Coach and Master Coach through the Transformation Academy, so that I could improve my coaching skills and make the road to confidence smoother for you than it was for me, struggling by myself.
That is why I created my Get Gritty courses-to share with you the process that helped me change from scared to ride, to able to lope across the pasture on a loose rein. These are the same steps that I took, the same skills that I learned, all proven effective by the science of positive psychology, and put together in an easy to follow, step-by-step process to empower you to be more confident as taught in my coaching certification courses. Because if I can overcome these struggles to be more positive in my life, find the fun along my horsemanship journey, and be a confident cowgirl again, so can you! Because horses are more than a hobby. It's a lifestyle. And to succeed and be happier along this bumpy ride, we need to get gritty.