Tsundoku Additions

Training Journal

Tsundoku is acquiring reading materials but letting them pile up in one’s home without reading them. Wiki

Now that I am riding my own horses (Kermit Dance!), I am back in the land of schooling myself, with the help of my eagle-eyed groundperson. To inspire us, I bought several books of horse exercises.

Creative Riding with Obstacles by Barbro Lagergren and Lina Zacha (Brightmare 2013/2106)
Creative Riding in the Arena by Barbro Lagergren and Lina Zacha (Brightmare 2016/2019)
Core Conditioning for Horses by Simon Cocozza (Trafalgar 2019)

I’m not sure of difference between the two Brightmare books yet. Since they were shipped over from Sweden, I tossed the second one on the boat.

Do I need these books? No. Get on. Ride forward and straight. Do figures and corners. Do transitions within and between gaits. It’s simple, it’s just not easy. The quote comes from Steve Maraboli, so Google tells me, and was made popular in horse world by Wofford, Practical Horseman: Simplify Your Riding, [Weekend with Wofford].

“Adopt a classical position, resist all fads and gadgets, and ride the horse quietly and softly between the two straight lines of the stirrup leather and the elbow to the horse’s mouth,” he explains in the book (Training the Three-Day Event Horse and Rider). “It’s simple. It’s just not easy.” Jimmy Wofford Teaches the World

The rationale is that the books may have an idea for a new exercise or a different way of thinking about an old exercise. In truth, buying riding books grants me the illusion of progress.

Props to The Errant Moon: Books and how much I love them for my new favorite word.

Thank you for reading,
Katherine Walcott

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