Holy cow! This isn’t as easy as it looks!
Well, this is my first ever blog and it is really just a test. Using WordPress isn’t as easy or functional as I thought it would be so I’m not sure I will stay with this format, but for now I will putz along. Hopefully I can learn enough with this very simple theme to be able to utilize a more complex and interesting theme in a few months.
So my title for this post is not really about WordPress, but the revelations that a few of my students have been having while enjoying the opportunity to ride my 4th level gelding Weltson. He is a rather complicated soul, with a reasonable amount of talent. But it takes quite a bit of thought, feel and effort to ride him well. To ride ANY horse well these are the prerequisites. Riding is not about climbing up there and pushing a few buttons or combinations of buttons to achieve a caricature of movement. It requires immense body awareness and control, very fine balance and the willingness to listen with all of your being to what your horse is telling you. Developing that feel is one of the most wonderful accomplishments a rider can achieve and it is a continuous learning curve, ever becoming more and more refined.
The single most important characteristic a rider must have to begin this journey is openness to criticism. The essence of a riding lesson is critical. The rider must be able to accept constructive criticism from the instructor, be able to look HONESTLY at her own positive and negative qualities, possess a strong desire to improve and the motivation to make it happen. Not at all easy.