A well timed read for me. Generating forward and maintaining tactful contact are consistently the focus of my rides, and progress has been slow. Lacking trainer input for so long now (yes - whining about this again!), I am super ready for some inspiration. Suffice it to say I could use a tune up on tuning up.
Below is an excerpt - and above a link back to the entire article. Enjoy!
"High-quality horsemanship requires of us sound mind and absolute integrity - the engagement of all that is good and worthy in us. Through daily practice, we need to learn to master ourselves, especially the quality of our hearts and the merit of our thoughts; that is we need to learn to control our "inner horses." The better we are at that, the sooner our "outer horses" will, like magic, become easier and more enjoyable to work with. In this way, the delight of finding true harmony with our four-legged friends will have an ever-greater chance of occurring.
Animate thoughtfully and have a wonderful ride!"
"Who among us hasn't smiled in amazement watching horses out in pasture strutting their brilliant motion - and wished we could recreate such grandeur while riding?"