I read a particularly great post before my weekend rides and want to share. Go to Confessions of a Struggling Dressage Rider, and while you’re there, read her post about sport’s psychologists analysis on rider’s behavioral types.
I found it humbling (I have every behavioral type. My goal is to be normal someday), useful, and inspiring. But more importantly, I had a better ride yesterday. Thanks Dressage Rider!
Reading her post made me ponder the things that help me pre-ride. (Stop thinking about food! That was a note to self, excuse me)
What helps you before you ride? Physically, psychologically, emotionally, whatever is helpful. Many times, hearing what other riders have say precedes a breakthrough for me. It gives me a new take on (dang dang dang) situations I keep blowing.
Here’s my hopefully helpful experience for the day. I was riding with ex-Olympian trainer, who had been giving plentiful and detailed instruction (sound and GOOD) and I was still struggling, trying to put it all together. Finally she yelled: ” just…RIDE!”
Breakthrough. I was up there thinking, hesitating, pondering, putting together, remembering, following the motion; you name it. I was so busy focusing on trying to make myself correct, I forgot to, uh, actively RIDE the horse.
JUST RIDE changed everything. Bingo. Instantly forward, connected, fluid, quieter, and a 360 in responsiveness on a lazy horse. 100% improvement in position and rider response. Nothing changed but the way I thought. Or in this case, stopped thinking.
It will take you all of 2 seconds to figure out what kind of rider is my basic type.
Happy trails…or circles.