Anyways this isn't really about social media. It's more about riding with a purpose. This will probably come off as bitchy but oh well. Not to be totally judgmental, but do you ever look at some of the posts online and think, what is the purpose of that exercise? Like, Y U DO THAT? I mean, I know there is a lot of back yard ya hooos riding around posting videos and what not and that's all fine with me. But I also see people who are more serious riders, who show etc and are working their horses and I just wonder if anyone ever told them about the basics training horses and riders. I don't actually care about these riders - what they lack in knowledge is their own loss. But from a curiosity sake I find it fascinating.
Every time you ride, you are training your horse. Every time you set up an exercise, gymnastic, practice a movement, you are training your horse. What the exercise does for your horse is almost more important to understand than how to actually ride the exercise. For example, I see a horse rushing the fences. The rider is jumping a single fence or maybe a related distance and the horse runs through the exercise. So what is the point of this exercise. It does nothing but encourage the horse to keep running at the fences. I see people post themselves jumping massive courses on horses they are trying to make more careful, but they are just galloping around at these huge fences. What is the point? How is this exercise helping your horse become more careful? Newsflash, it isn't.
I see riders lamenting about their horses not going on the bit, but when they are riding, they are not doing anything to encourage this. They are doing exercises and have no idea what they are for or what their purpose is. No planning, no thought going into the process whatsoever. I guess I'm just ranting about this. If people spent a little more time educating themselves, investing in lessons or a trainer, and actually thought and planned out their ride, what they will work on, and what purpose they will bring to their ride I can assure you they will see much improvement in these issues.
Riding with coaches who not only have taught me how to ride, but WHY you do everything you do has changed my riding for the better. Having an understanding of the movements you ask your horse to perform, how it effects their mind and body, and the long term results of this is a game changer. When I am working with Penny lately, if she is resistant I just go back to my thoughts - "push her into the bridle, lengthen her neck", whatever my mantra is that gets me back to the feel I need. Even just thinking this results in her relaxing and going back to being in front of my leg.
If you don't want to learn and improve, don't bitch about it on Social Media with a video accompanying said bitching that is demonstrating actions most likely making the problem worse. I highly encourage everyone who is out riding to start being more mindful about it. If you do yoga you will understand this concept. If your horse is struggling with something you are asking, take a minute and think if what you are asking, and how you are asking, is going to be successful in achieving what you are set out to achieve. Are you riding with purpose, or just going through the motions. Are you working on transitions, and do you know WHY you are working on those transitions?
In blogger land the riders won't really need this reminder. Most bloggers are more aware as riders and horse owners than the average, at least that is my experience. Next time you work with your horse, whether on the ground or under saddle, just take the time to think about what we are asking and why. The mind is a powerful aid that is rarely mentioned, but if you think about it, when we are scared and nervous it can have damaging effects on our rides. So imagine if were present, thoughtful, and inquisitive in our rides, and what progress this could produce.
Are you a mindful rider, or do you just get out there and ride around until it feels good or your horse is tired?
|Miss Pen tired before she even starts|