A good coach fosters independence in riders. Hey, as riding coaches, we LOVE teaching. We strive to give clients good value for money.
SO… we talk a rider through each leg of a course or pattern – “right rein, half halt, LEG, LEG, LEG!” and then coach some more in the class from the rail. My coach never really removed my training wheels…Coaching that requires some problem solving, may not produce early results, but leads to deeper learning,
Anyone who’s prodded and zig-zagged their horse away from the barn, only to beeline back on the return trip;
anyone who’s ridden an egg-shaped circle, bulging as though magnetized toward the arena entrance
or anyone who’s earned a break-of-gait penalty at the show ring in-gate knows…Horses have a “homing” instinct.