When I am at the shows and sit at the stands to watch a class, I often hear other girls talking bad about other riders!
If a rider has problem they often say that the rider do this and this bad and that the rider destroy the horses. A lot of focus on the negative.
When I watch people ride that have a really good horse I admire the way the rider rides the horse, how the horse jumps and try only to focus on the positive!
I do the same when a rider has difficulties, I try to see the positive! Bacause there is always something positive to see!
If I have a bad round Francois most of the time want to help me and boost my confidence! Because if you don’t have confidence in yourself how will the horse have confidence in you? So say I have 4 down, Francois would say to me, you rode 1,2 , 5 and 6 very good! Next time try to repeat that very good riding on all the jumps! So instead of putting focus on what I did wrong, he puts my focus on how I should ride! And in that way I have a much bigger chance to succeed the next class!
What do you think about?
The first thing you will do in a stressd situation is starting to pull the horses mouth! Because that is where the focus is, on pulling!
If your trainer says keep the rhythm in the turn and feel the contact of the horse taking you to the jump!
Gallop the turn forward, feel the contact equal on both rains and let the horse take you to the jump! Ride positive with the horse!
Like this your focus in on what you should do to succeed, not on what you should not do to awoid failing!
Do you understand the difference?