Building Blocks

12 Nov





Riding a horse boils down to Go and Whoa.

After that, it is all building the conversation–and a rider has to decide what conversation they want to have.

There are riders who like basically one-way: Go there. Stop. Turn. Go.

There are riders who like a more complex conversation: they are called dressage riders.

And then–there are the people who help riders learn the words that make up the conversation. They are called trainers.

While there are countless such trainers, one does not need the fingers of one hand to count the truly great trainers that are alive at any given time. The ones who really can develop the art of conversation and the athleticism of truly high performance.

Why is that?

Because the job description requires left brain AND right brain. Requires humility, humor and patience. Requires knowledge and experience. Requires  an ability to inspire respect and even affection without spilling over into fear and so much awe as to inhibit reaction.

More than that–it requires intuition and sympathy. Sort of like being one of the humans who slip into the avatar bodies in the movie, “Avatar”, where director James Cameron seemed to understand the horse-human centaur’s connection better than most.


So here is a wish to establish International Dressage Trainers’ Day for that rare handful.

You know who you are.


2 Responses to “Building Blocks”

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    • horsesportnews August 17, 2014 at 2:06 pm #

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