You can train a horse a lot of different ways, using varying tools and techniques and levels of pressure.
You can also sort of hack performance together for any given level, but then you run into problems with incorrect basics as you advance up the levels. Megan has written about this and I find it fascinating - so I have been thinking about it with my teaching.
I teach to develop an independent, thoughtful rider, so most of my progressive training is toward that goal. But maybe I'm shorting basics necessary for higher performance inadvertently because I'm not teaching right at the highest levels (keeping in mind that I am not at that level.)
|I wrote this as a "goal" in Jan 2014 - I've been thinking on my role as riding instructor for a long time|
These are my meditations today during summer camp.