Make Corrections Quickly

As a riding instructor, I have a lot of patience.  As a pregnant riding instructor, I don’t. I usually don’t mind saying the same instruction over 500 times.  I get that not everyone makes corrections quickly, but if only I had to say it 100 times right now I would be happy.  Please, when you are riding, really think about what you are doing, and make the correction.  Not only that, but if you don’t understand what your instructor is asking, let him or her know.

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I always feel if my students don’t understand what I’m trying to say, I need to say it in a different way to make them understand.  It’s up to me to make myself understood, it’s my problem. So don’t feel bad if you don’t understand, you’re not stupid, we know that!  But, on the other hand, don’t be lazy and expect to be spoon fed each little instruction.  If there is something your instructor tells you over and over, think about why you are not making the correction and then determine how to make the correction.

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Normally I don’t mind sounding like a broken record but being pregnant I’m not the same instructor. This may be a good thing because I don’t want my students to become complacent in their level of riding.  I want my students and all riders to be the best rider they can be and for horse and rider to be willing partners who enjoy each other.  The best way to do that is to make corrections quickly and not spend years making the same mistakes over and over.  You can do anything you put your mind to, and for my Christmas gift this year I ask that everyone set it in their mind when they are riding, to please make corrections quickly and be a thinking rider not one who is simply going through the motions.

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About Deanna Castro

Deanna Castro has been training horses and riders professionally for over 18 years. She trains riders in Horsemanship, Western Pleasure, Showmanship and Trail Riding. Deanna is married to Native American Horse Trainer Fredi Castro and she is the author of "Six Weeks to a Better Horse".
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