I don’t care how awesome or not awesome you are as a rider. I don’t care how high you jump in lessons, I don’t care if you never jump. I don’t care if you never show, I don’t care if win everything (ok but I’d like you to win everything :P)
What I do care about is that you try. That every lesson you work your hardest, that you listen and apply it, I care that you trust what I’m saying and care about your own development as an equestrian as I do. I want to see all my riders succeed, I want you to want that too NO MATTER HOW YOU DEFINE THAT SUCCESS. I care about you respecting the animals you are privileged enough to ride, I care about you treating them as your equal, caring for their well being before your own.
Nothing makes me angrier than a student who won’t try, who isn’t grateful to be ALLOWED to ride, by the horse and by me, who treats their horse like a machine, who ignores instruction.
Try. Realize how lucky you are. Love the horse. That’s it. That’s all I want in my students. Please, if you’re in lessons stop worrying that you ‘aren’t good enough’ because I can almost promise you that if you try every time you lesson.. you’re good enough. ‘Good enough’ in my book means ‘holds potential’ and that’s ALL that really matters once you’re given opportunity to improve.
This is why I love working with beginner riders… It’s really the biggest reward I can think of as an instructor, opening up all that untapped potential, watching people improve so their skill matches their passion and the total joy every time something new is accomplished.
Just something to keep in mind…