I forget a favorite quote from the clinician from a few weeks ago. "That was horrible, do it again." Lucky I was not on the receiving end of this quote a whole lot. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img]
"The Assyrian program of exterminating various ethnic groups generally failed to promote cultural diversity."-- Non Campus Mentis
Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.
I was riding in a jump off, about 2 strides away from an oxer, and my trainer yelled out across the ring "Keep Going!". That was the first time the 19 year old horse I was riding ever refused a fence!
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Wishbone - The variation I have heard (and used) is "Even a stopped clock is right twice a day." [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif[/img]
My favorite trainer quote is a bit of an oldie. I used to ride this big Oldenburg, whose father was an Olympic medalist (in eventing). This horse didn't seem to share dad's talent over fences. After he sent a 2 foot rail flying, my trainer turned to someone else in the ring and said "Can you believe this? His father was in the Olympics!" I responded that he was preparing for the special Olympics [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif[/img]
~ The cowboy in me is a chicken.
"Well, my days of not taking you seriously are certainly coming to a middle." ~Mal, Firefly
"Now think about getting a horse in a frame is like putting this big blue airy flowly thing in a box. If the box has any holes in it (i.e. your outside rein) the blue thing goes out the hole. *she stands and looks at us* now people are really going to think we're on drugs talking about blue things and boxes."
Scene: Xcountry schooling. My first time. Ever. We jump two dinky fences, then approach a biggish coop set on a downhill slope with a considerable drop on the landing. My friend, out for the first time after a hiatus from Prelim, says "You want us to jump that??"
Trainer (to me): "Stop looking so nervous. Why are you looking nervous?"
Me: "Um, because I AM nervous?"
Trainer: "Well, pretend you're not."
As I disappear in terror over the fence, he yells:
"See? Just keep pretending!"
From my very sweet, nothing-but-positive-reinforcement kind of trainer, during a particularly horrible lesson - the first time we had jumped after the winter break, and horsey was a leeeeeetle fresh and excited to be back:
"Well, there's not much we can do when he's like this, he's just nuts."
Me: "What should I do, take it easy for a while? Step down?"
Trainer: "Nope. You need to jump him more. You have insurance, right?"
From an eventing clinic with a particularly forceful clinician:
"Stop counting and RIDE!!!!"
"Why can't you get him in the water? Who is wearing the britches in this relationship?"