First lesson with Patrik today. It is amazing how far we progressed today. We were especially pleased with the transitions and Jaybee Alabaster was clearly enjoying it too.
It is easy to get carried away with what is happening all around me over here. I have to remember that I have got this far with the way I ride, but also have an open mind to learn.
Under times of pressure a rider will usually fall back to “what they know now”, not what they have just learnt. A horse also takes time to adjust to new ways whether they are small changes or larger changes. Some changes can work straight away and some take months to cement. I believe every rider has their own “style”, but great riders never stop wanting learn.
What I learn now, I may not be able or ready to implement into my own riding style until time allows or until I get back home. However, dressage is the continual search for perfection, so I believe an open mind and ability to learn will hold me in good stead. Patrik is a great teacher and also understands this.