Saturday, 19 March 2016

When experience becomes a rut.

A colleague of mine recently called the worn path around the outside of an arena the “idiot ditch”. 

Perhaps somewhat harsh, but I had to chuckle.  Riding the rut doesn’t  stretch riders to make guiding adjustments or challenge our aids and timing, but it doesn’t involve risk ether

Doing the same thing over and expecting a different result may count as experience, but experience alone results in a rut. Some riders will continue to repeat their novice years, not for lack of talent, but for lack of evaluation.

An unexamined life is not worth living. Socrates.

Saturday, 12 March 2016

Are you an experienced rider?

Pastor and professor Dr. Howard Hendricks wisely said “Experience is not the best teacher- only evaluated experience is”.

As riders, we are responsible for problem solving. When things go wrong in the schooling ring or show ring, it’s wise to stop, assess, and come up with a plan to solve the problem.

“Is it me or my horse?” My natural curiosity floats this question to the surface of my mind before I’m inclined to blame the horse.   I want to find an answer to the puzzle. So I evaluate – what has worked before? What facts do I know about equine learning?

Ponder the paths of your feet and let all your ways be established. Proverbs (The Bible)