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  • #21
    Originally posted by Isabeau Z Solace View Post

    Safety is best emphasized by PROMOTING SKILL DEVELOPMENT. Gymnastics coaches provide soft landing areas but those kids still have to get out there, flip fly stretch and strain. Think one of the biggest issues we’ve got in the current horse industry is that people are so afraid to let clients do anything that client skill levels are horrendously low. That horrendously low skill level contributes more than anything else to retention, boredom and fear issues.

    “ Kizzy and Etties Pony Adventures” (you must check them out on Facebook if you have not already) it’s doable (is spirit at least...)at all ages, not just five and six-year-old.
    Sounds like bad instruction is the issue.

    Going back to your first post,what part of skill development is getting dumped in the sand during your first lesson? Its one thing if the focus of the day actually is how to do an un-planned dismount and fall as safely as possible but that is a different matter than just putting a newbie up on a spooky horse and saying 'figure it out.' Fear blocks learning. You cant learn to be harmonious and relaxed on a horse if you are clamping with your legs or have a rushing heart rate.

    Horses are horses, Sh*t happens. Any instructor worth their salt does their best to mitigate risk to both horse AND rider by educating the rider. Lets not forget that uneducated riders hurt horses. I guessing what you are trying to say is that too many trainers just have their clients go around the ring on the same course and never have them push their boundaries by doing any cross training or trail riding?

    Pretty sure a quiet rider has never once caused a spooky horse...... but a bored horse who doesn't get enough exercise sure could be spooky.

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    • #22
      In my first riding lessons, one of the first things we learned was how to "hit the dirt." First at a standstill & ultimately at a canter. The dirt was soft, & we all thought it was fun!

      We also trotted around a lot with airplane arms, or no stirrups. The ponies were golden, & kept a steady pace no matter what.

      All the parents knew what we were doing, & no one objected. It was a given that falls would happen & we were given skills to minimise their frequency & to deal with them when they occurred.

      I don't know if people still learn these things as a standard.

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      • #23
        Originally posted by Isabeau Z Solace View Post

        Safety is best emphasized by PROMOTING SKILL DEVELOPMENT. Gymnastics coaches provide soft landing areas but those kids still have to get out there, flip fly stretch and strain. Think one of the biggest issues we’ve got in the current horse industry is that people are so afraid to let clients do anything that client skill levels are horrendously low. That horrendously low skill level contributes more than anything else to retention, boredom and fear issues.

        “ Kizzy and Etties Pony Adventures” (you must check them out on Facebook if you have not already) it’s doable (is spirit at least...)at all ages, not just five and six-year-old.
        I absolutely LOVE following Kizzy and Ettie! What I wouldn't give to have had a Mom like that - or to be able to ride like those girls! What I wouldn't give for a summer vacation spent riding at the places they go!

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