Coaching riders and removing the training wheels

A good coach fosters independence in riders.

Hey, as 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.

But… can we impart too much information?

 My coach never really removed my training wheels.  I never learned to be an independent rider – to think by myself. Until I became a professional horse trainer and had sink or swim. Coaching that requires some problem solving, may not produce early results, but leads to deeper learning,

Independent riders:

•             combine skills, and facts making decisions appropriate to the moment

•             make judgement calls without waiting for precise direction from their riding coaches

•             retain what they learn and more naturally transfer those skills to a competitive environment.

•             See mistakes as learning opportunities