Progress

With the right direction, progress is a reality and should not be a surprise. Embrace it and enjoy it.

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Success

One of the greatest successes, possibly the greatest, is achieving more than you thought you could.

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Turns

When riding a horse, there is an optimum speed at which a turn can successfully be negotiated, whatever the discipline. Often you will find that if you slow down a little, you will get there quicker

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Sit into him

If you want him to come ‘over the back’, don’t bounce around on top thinking you are sitting light on him for he will only run away from it; sit into him so that he presses up against you and carries you on a stronger arch.

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Connection

You cannot expect him to connect if you are making him tense in the ribs by constantly pressurising him with your legs. Try tensing you own ribs and see how many parts of your body it affects. Then you will understand.

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Lack of ambition

One of the greatest satisfactions in life is being as good as you can be, but how do you know what that level is if you strangle your ambition. A lack of ambition is the surest route to a lack of improvement.

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Finding a stride

When looking to find a stride, you must always go with your initial instinct, whether it be right or wrong, for there is no point in trying to train the third thought or even the second for that matter!

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Concentrate on the job in hand

Looking beyond the fence is no different from thinking ahead to what you are going to be doing later in the day whilst trying to undertake an important task. Concentrate on the job in hand.

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Learning

One of the greatest gifts that life offers is the opportunity to continue learning. Wisdom can only be achieved by not only accepting, but more importantly, embracing this gift.

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Stride adjustment

It is never too late to make an adjustment to your horse’s stride in front of a fence. If you do not, when it is clearly needed, he will have to do so by himself, and he will probably leave it until the last stride making it uncomfortable for both horse and rider. Take on the responsibility and respond (don’t react) to what you see when you see it.

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