(Cross-posted in Off Course)
To the adult amateurs out there, interested in your thoughts on how you got better. Looking for things in my control as a busy, non-owning but leasing and regularly riding re-rider.
Did you do things to get stronger out of the saddle? Audit clinics and volunteer? Ride round and round without your stirrups?
I’ve been back at riding for a year this month, and I’ve certainly made strides. But I had a frustrating morning. It mostly involved a derailed schooling show and a thrown shoe. But I was really frustrated with myself, I think, that my riding and horsemanship has not progressed better or faster.
So I’m looking for your thoughts. What are things that you did to make yourself a better rider for your horse and student of the sport? Trainers, what do you see students do that leads to improvement?