It is the above quotes, from my teacher, Sylvia Loch, that really sums up my aims when teaching the horse and rider. There is nothing more rewarding for me then to see a horse who truly delights in being ridden, sharing an indescribable partnership with their rider. If you have ever watched Sylvia riding her Lusitano stallion, Prazer, you will understand what I mean! This is how riding is meant to be. A love between the rider and their horse.
The teacher too, should also share this love for the horse. The teacher must endeavour to develop the natural abilities of the student as well as their understanding of the horse physically and psychologically. Through the knowledge and guidance of the teacher and the patience and hard work of the student, a quiet, influential seat can be achieved. The student should be encouraged to read to understand the theory that will then be applied to the practical side of riding.
I love to learn. What must be understood when you are a rider and/or a teacher, is that you never stop learning. This is what I love. There is always something to discover and learn for yourself, it is then imparting this knowledge to someone who is as openminded and as eager to learn as yourself. This is what drives me to do what I love, to teach, to ride, to school horses.
With this ideal in mind, as rider’s we should continually strive towards a balanced, quiet seat. The ability to keep over the horse’s movement with clear communication allowing the horse to move freely forward in a relaxed attitude is the key to riding in harmony with your horse. This will lead to a horse that delights in being ridden!