Episode 244: Why ride patterns? (especially boring ones)
Simply put: a pattern is a planned ride.
When you ride with a plan…you’ll begin to show up consistent.
The more consistent you are…the easier it is for your horse to become consistent.
The magic of riding a pattern, especially a simple, boring pattern, is that it allows the rider to begin to observe their habits and their horse’s habits. The most common habit often revealed is a riders’ lack of preparation in transitions.
The opposite of riding a pattern is riding randomly.
How can you tell if you are riding randomly?
- You’ll make last-minute decisions.
- You’ll cue quickly…and with very little preparation.
- This will reflect in your horse as resistance such as head tossing, etc.
How would you benefit from riding 10 minutes a day on a ‘boring’ pattern?
What might you learn?
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