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The Language of Riding

Riding horses involves communication a common language. Equestrian Art is a passion of communication with horses to achieve the lightest connection.

Absolutely no violinist saws the instrument for an hour and then reflects on whether any good note was played. No musician plays their instrument harder, more aggressively to get better sound. Louder does not make a bad note better.

Music starts with notes, then scale, then phrases, then short songs, then years of practice to be able to 'carry a tune' play longer songs and concerts. The notes matter because the are "language".

I do not enjoy hearing music played with poorly hit notes.

Riding is a LANGUAGE Faster, harder, longer riding does not improve poor steps. Each step is like a note. When the horse does not know the 'notes' or steps, hours of practicing is not going to produce a 'good ride'.

Focus first on the steps. Then short phrases or strides.

Make sure the horse knows how to 'hit the note' properly.

Take lots of breaks and use much praise to affirm the 'good note'.

Then and only then should steps be put together into routines, or exercises.



Focus on teaching one step.

Pay attention to your horse's effort or 'try' to make the step.

Reward when your horse comes close or achieves.

Ignore everything else

Soon one step will become 2 then 4 then 10 etc.

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