Bear and I are really fortunate to be working with a coach of the German school.
I call him the Master because he is just that ~ a Master horseman.
As the Master, he is most invested in the development of both horse and rider and is, as a result, thoroughly engaged in the process of training.
This is great for us, his students, because it spurs us on to engage our best energy as well.
It also makes for great photos ops …
The Master has claimed the blackboard outside the arena door and this is where we congregate for lesson scheduling.
Arrival of the Master.
I featured this image on my photography blog Eyes to Heart recently. If you’re interested, link through to this post to read more about my experience with this incredible teacher.
On the ground the Master demonstrates, in his own special way, the nuances of the perfected ride.
The Master is always on the move ~ whether he’s running beside a student as they execute a particular movement, standing in the middle of a 10m circle shouting encouragement or leaning on a shovel between shifts of scraping footing back into the track, he’s a going concern.
And yet he misses nothing.
Did I say he’s “invested?”
Being able to teach the student effectively means having a thorough understanding of the horse. Occasionally the Master will ride his student’s horses, including Bear, to get a clearer understanding of how the horse is working so he knows what the student is up against.
Since the dressage boot incident the Master has ridden Bear several times and taken the opportunity to sharpen him up for me. The difference is amazing!
What I’ve I learned from this is that it’s not necessary to carry the burden of training my horse all on my own. The Master knows a lot more than me and I’m happy for him to share his wealth of knowledge and skill to help bring out the best in Bear … and me.
Bear is working more correctly and is happier too.
When all is said and done it’s about developing a healthy relationship with the horse by employing key principles of horsemanship and adopting correct techniques.
I have learned so much in the past several weeks simply through observing the Master. Whenever I ride I do my best to emulate his very correct position and use of the aids.
And now, with my back fully healed and Bear with valuable training under his girth, we’re on the right track and things are going really well. (Photos at a future date.)
And we have the Master to thank for that.
The journey continues …
Nurture what you love …
©Dorothy Chiotti … Aimwell CreativeWorks 2014
PS More on my experiences with the FEEL certification program coming up!