|Students in a college equine science program take their equestrian education to the next level. Photo: Lesley Ward|
Having a horse of your own has a lot of benefits. You develop a bond, an understanding. You learn each others’ idiosyncrasies and adapt accordingly. You know your horse’s personality so well that notice immediately when something is amiss. Your horse anticipates your cues so well that you think he might be able to read your mind.
Riding and working with horses is a never-ending learning process, but one that you might start to neglect when you reach a comfort zone with your own horse. What steps do you take to continue improving as a horseperson?
There are plenty of ways to make sure that your skills as a rider and horseperson don’t become stagnant. You can take lessons on your own horse or attend clinics with different trainers to get feedback on your riding and your horse’s performance. You can sign up for lessons at a different stable to get some saddle time on horses other than your own. You can have someone videotape your rides so that you can see problems that you might not catch while you’re in the saddle. Even reading books and articles or watching training videos can help you get new ideas on how to improve your riding.
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