I did a lot of teaching at Market Street last month. I always enjoy helping horses with their riders! The diversity in my students makes it very interesting. They range from adult amateurs to Olympic hopefuls and everything in between. We filmed many of the sessions for my online instructional site, Riding and Jumping Mentor.
I was able to attend a few sessions of George Morris teaching at Gladstone. He is always a tremendous inspiration. First, he rode a big grey on the flat. As he schooled the horse to "legs to hands", he told the audience how he was using his aids and why. This kind of teaching is so marvelous to experience. Watching the horse change to self carriage and oneness with the rider. George, in the moment describing each thought and feeling. Always a treat to observe.
He then started schooling the 4 riders over fences. As he mentioned, I rode with him over these type of exercises for 17 years! It was indeed familiar and refreshing to watch and listen to his corrections, advice and philosophy. His stressing of the basics, always striving for excellence, keeping a high standard, guarding against laziness and that it's not only about riding, but management of the horses.
He is a true inspiration to be the very best. Excellence is the only way! So much of his wisdom has created Champions and Olympians! Thank you to the USET Foundation for creating this Gladstone Program. Thank you to George for sharing your wisdom, experience and passion! Our U.S. riders, horses and trainers need to understand your valuable lessons and insight.
Are you sending mixed messages to your horse? How do you reward with your aids? Riders need to get inside of their horses, not just on top of them. Understanding our horses should always be a rider's priority. Is he hot, tired, sore or nervous? In this newsletter, you will learn about basic communication between horse and rider that will improve your relationship and riding.