For our annual Readers’ Choice issue, you guys shared your favorites on everything from apparel to horse shows, but there were a few write-in questions, including: What’s the best advice your trainer has given you? You can read the full results from the Readers’ Choice survey in the June 3 issue, but we’ve compiled our favorite trainer advice for you here.
“There are only two emotions in the saddle: sense of humor and patience.”
“Aim for the middle and hope for the best.”
“Better a horse on Monday than a ribbon on Sunday!”
“Forward at all costs.”
“If you haven’t learned it at home, you aren’t going to learn it in the warm-up arena.”
“It’s just dressage; we’re not curing cancer here. Relax!”
“Keep praying to the jump gods.”
“Offer the good deal first.”
“Pretend like you have two pints of beer on your shoulders, and if you tip them forward, there goes your beer.”
“Ride what you have, not what you want.”
“Train a gelding, trick a mare.”
“Someone has to relax first. It won’t be him (the horse).”
“The harder you work, the luckier you get.”
“We’re just schooling in braids today.”
“We never lose. We either win or learn.”
“You paid to use the whole ring, so use it.”
This excerpt appeared in the June 3, 2019, issue of The Chronicle of the Horse as part of our Readers’ Choice issue.
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