Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Blog Hop: Chock Full of Advice

This weeks rendition of the Viva Carlos' Magical Blog Hop asks TWO questions (YAY!):

A photo from that particular lesson, riding Geronimo.
1.What is the best advice you've ever received from a Trainer or another rider?To be fair, I've gotten loads of wonderful advice from Trainers and other riders before - we all have something to learn and to teach. However, two phrases that has always stuck with me were from a super awesome Jumper trainer. The first was: "Let your schooling sessions get messy; that's why they call them schooling sessions." And: "Horses teach us a lot; and most of it isn't even about riding."

2. What is the worse advice you've received from a Trainer or another rider? 
You should ride your horse like "XYZ" without that person even riding the horse or seeing any more than 5 minutes of your training session. I attempted to do as the person asked and it didn't end so well. Just remember that YOU know your horse and unless the person telling you to change things is your trainer who KNOWS your horse, don't go around changing things!

The particular horse I'm talking about is Geronimo, pictured above. A well meaning friend had been harping on me for riding him "too nicely" and not getting after him. After getting frustrated that G-man and I couldn't communicate using that person's tips, I made that individual ride him and realize that he was NOT the same as her horse and my schooling requirements were different. It isn't a bad thing, but it's important to realize that no two horses are made equal and if something is already working for you (and what I was doing WAS working, just very slowly), why fix it?

1. Viva Carlos  6. The Walker Chronicles  
2. What Could Possibly Go Wrong?  7. Roosa's Horsey Life  
3. Project Gingersnap  8. Diary of a Horse Obsessed Girl  
4. A Work In Progress  9. That Red Mare  
5. Nanakorobi yaoki  

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