We often encourage riders to reflect upon their performances both in the competitive arena as well as at home in training. This reflection needs to have a constructive aim by stemming from an accurate calibration of our view /experience of the performance as well as by its intention to build on the positive aspects while also utilise the perceived weaknesses to guide the focus of future training.

In truth we can always criticise the rider for mistakes of judgment or losses of balance but we also must recognise that the whole picture is formed in the partnership between horse and rider. Magic happens when trust has been built so that when one struggles the other helps! As an example, on the cross country course in ‘stiff’ combinations either horse or rider can experience loss of balance but if they know and trust each other well then they are more likely to get the job done and get home safe. Equally in the dressage arena when the demands of the test are stretching the horse’s or rider’s limits, a trusting and generous relationship will prove most valuable.

Nobody’s perfect all of the time; horses and riders make mistakes, the important thing is to recognise that it is these mistakes that teach us the most. Riders often worry they didn’t find the ideal stride to a fence or that their canter strike off was less than excellent. In my view, it is in exactly these moments of imperfection that the best learning occurs. The little losses of balance we experience teach our bodies and minds, even at a subconscious level, of how to cope with awkward moments and consequently we’ll become better riders and horses for it. The contrast of  when it feels ‘wrong’ with when it feels ‘right’ is most illuminating!

Make mistakes, appraise the performance with constructive critique that recognises both the positive and negative aspects, learn from this and TRY AGAIN.

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We have had a fab weekend of horse and rider training, we managed to pack in some decent dressage work, exciting showjumping clinic and a fantastic cross country riding session at Horseheath. We can’t wait for next year’s Eventing season! Here are some photos from our action. Come join the fun with Petros!

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Showjumping grid work – Enhancing rider balance & the horse’s technique.

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We always strive to enhance horse and rider athleticism and cultivate confidence. Very useful work in improving straightness in the horse and balance of the rider can be achieved through the use of appropriate show jumping gridwork. Equestrian coaching excellence|| Dressage – Eventing – Showjumping https://youtu.be/R7d98mBf8ko    

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Equestrian Job opportunity – Harpenden.

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Coaching, reflections after more than 35 years of equestrian life.

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