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The Power of Your Intuition by Barbra Schulte



Barbra Schulte

Barbra Schulte

Do you believe in intuition? Do you follow your “gut feelings?”

Paying attention to your thoughts and following where they lead is something some people live by. Others either don’t subscribe to the validity of an inner voice, or they simply ignore it because they don’t trust its ideas. There’s no way to know for sure if those urges are “right.”

I personally believe our intuitive thoughts beckon us to move in a certain direction. Other times we may feel comfortable or uncomfortable reactions to something without knowing why.
I look at intuition as a personal and powerful internal guidance system. Perhaps it’s God leading us … perhaps it’s part of how we are wired naturally … I’m not sure. I just know I try to pay close attention to my inner voice.

Do I always go in direction that feels right for me? Sometimes, yes. Sometimes, no. It takes courage and trust. It can be tough if the intuition beckons for a change that is unknown. There is never an absolute “right” that applies to every person regarding choices. It’s all so personal. That’s where your intuition comes in to help you decide what’s right for you.

I received a note from a woman, Joan who’s a member of our website. Her words inspired me to pay more attention to my intuition and I thought that perhaps they would inspire you, too.

“I started as an older rider with no experience and needed a different training approach than a young kid would. I didn’t have much time to practice with a job and family, so I didn’t get enough repetition to develop skillful habits. It was hard to find a good trainer who knew the correct technical skills themselves and who could teach you in a patient and positive way.

The mental and emotional side would interfere with the technical skills because I had a lot of fear and anxiety and mentally wasn’t sure what I should be thinking during riding.

I also had a major horse accident, which really set me back.

But I learned how to focus and trust my gut first over what was being said to me from the outside. I also learned to take my personal power and be responsible for my own safety. I learned to listen to what my inner voice said. I didn’t have a good awareness of my energy and I didn’t have good emotional and energetic agility. I was a more dominant big personality and my horse was an alpha who made sure he let me know about my high pressured approach. He was a good teacher once I realized what he was saying to me in his actions.

Barbra is a personal performance coach for all riders, a cutting horse trainer, author, speaker, clinician and 2012 National Cowgirl Hall of Fame Inductee.  Visit her Blog and signup to receive her FREE monthly email newsletter, “News From Barbra”.  Go now to


This article was printed in Performance Horse Digest, Volume 9, Issue 10



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