Mental Preparation for Rider Riding horses is just as much mental as it is physical. Here’s how to prepare for your time in the saddle. By H&R Editors | April 21, 2020 | 1 minute read Watch now! This week on Horse&Rider OnDemand, Brad Barkemeyer goes over mental preparation and the importance of being in the right state of mind when you’re riding—and showing—your horse. To watch click here. What did you think of this article? Submit Rating Thank you for your feedback!