Discipline and rigor

Being willing to change and to be self-critical is essential to improving in riding

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The first rule to progress in riding is to be honest with yourself. At any level, from beginner to top champion, we are increasingly witnessing the abuse of 'justifications': "I wasn't ready ... The horse is nervous ... there are too many people ... there's too much noise ... people are looking at me ...", lots of excuses always ready to justify ourselves and our mistakes.
​We should always bear in mind that the horse absorbs all our emotions. It is the mirror of our mood. If we eliminate the justifications we are able to recognise our mistakes and to improve.

In order to progress we must first have discipline and rigor. In our daily work we should always set small goals to reach and organise ourselves in a way that we can achieve the result. For example, if we want to execute a circle, we take points of reference, such as for example parts of the fence of the field, or we position the cones in a way that we can perform the circle as precisely as possible. We plan our actions, we use panoramic vision and try to perform the circles as best we can. Firstly, stepping, then trotting and finally, when we feel safe, galloping. On the right hand and on the left hand. We reward the horse each time it responds to our requests and always allow it time to rest on a long rein. Rewards and breaks are part of the rigor and discipline that we must have to express our gratitude to the horse.