Step By Step, Walking Poles

Training Journal

If you’re riding a horse, you’ve already won.

 

 
We are formulating the theory that Rodney wants one exercise for the day that he repeats consistently.

Standard grid practice is to put down one element. Go thru. Put down second element. Go thru. And so on. The idea is to build the horse’s confidence.

Rodney, not so much.

He gets unhappy with the constant change. He has a tendency to swan about the ring dreading the future. When the work gets harder with each pass, even if it is only by one pole, this confirms his worst fears. That’s my theory. Ground crew thinks Rodney doesn’t like change, any change, doesn’t matter if it gets easier or harder.

Bottom line is the same. Rodney meet question for the day. QFTD meet Rodney. Proceed.

Stay safe. Stay sane.
Katherine Walcott

Categories: Horses, Riding

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