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The Basics

A conversation yesterday coupled with listening to a lot of @highperformance podcasts really nailed in the importance of ๐๐€๐’๐ˆ๐‚ ๐…๐”๐๐ƒ๐€๐Œ๐„๐๐“๐€๐‹๐’ in our training for our ponies and ourselves.


Itโ€™s soooooo easy to get absorbed in the fancy stuff, but when you speak to and listen to how the top ๐Ÿ” professionals train youโ€™ll here a similar threadโ€ฆ.focus on the basics, ๐ ๐ž๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐›๐š๐ฌ๐ข๐œ๐ฌ ๐ซ๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ญ!


Weโ€™re given a structure as riders in the the โ€œscales of trainingโ€, but can we honestly say we always check in with these before trying the more challenging things?


โ€ข Relaxation

โ€ข Rhythm

โ€ข Suppleness

โ€ข Contact

โ€ข Impulsion

โ€ข Straightness

โ€ข Collection


But if we do keep coming back to the beginning of this structure ๐ซ๐ž๐ฅ๐š๐ฑ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐—ผ๐ง, ๐ซ๐ก๐ฒ๐ญ๐ก๐—บ and ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž๐ง๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ, the rest tend to follow with relative ease.


๐Œ๐ฒ ๐ซ๐ž๐œ๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐ž๐ฑ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ง๐œ๐ž

Due to the ground conditions itโ€™s been mainly walk work for us and this has played in beautifully with the need to focus on the basics, I am currently still recovering from back surgery and illness, and my driven brain would quite happily push and try and get going, but to be forced to take things slow Iโ€™ve had to put my focus somewhere else, so weโ€™ve spent a lot of time on the basics, really getting geeky in the nitty gritty of the my position along with Apples straightness and suppleness.


I know in the past I would have felt this wasnโ€™t doing enough, that surely I needed to be moving faster to achieve the goals, but really what is anything if it doesnโ€™t have a solid foundation??


And the basic fundamentals are just that our solid foundations.


๐’๐—ผ ๐ฐ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐š๐›๐—ผ๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ฎ๐ฌ ๐š๐ฌ ๐ซ๐ข๐๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ?

So what could be the riders scales of training or fundamental basics be?


โ€ข Are we balanced?

โ€ข Are we even?

โ€ข Are we supple?

โ€ข Are we clear with our request?

โ€ข Are we consistent with what we do?

โ€ข Are we quiet in our riding?


If we went into every ride with the idea of ๐Ÿ๐ฎ๐ง๐๐š๐—บ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐š๐ฅ ๐›๐š๐๐ข๐œ๐ฌ in both our pony & in us, how would that shape what we did?


I know with keeping these in the forefront of my mind it makes me really focus on the ๐ฌ๐ข๐—บ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž things!


Let me know your thoughts๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿผ

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