Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Day 90: Notes

The best train journey companions have voices that blend well with the comforting humming of the engines. Anything that rises well above seems distracting and intrusive. Even though I travel every day, the engines competing voices can still take me by surprise. How interesting that a few people chatting somewhat at the same volume can sound so differently. Do we hear different voices differently? Are we wired to be annoyed with certain frequencies more so than others?

My today's neighbour has just the perfect combination of blurry with mixing and even though he blubbers on the phone non stop for entire 56 minutes that we share adjacent seats, he simply adds a few low notes to the friendly hum of the wheels of the First Great Western's.

London welcomes me with cheeky sunshine, its warmth cancelled out by strong, cold wind. The clones of SuperDry armies everywhere. That company must be hitting some serious sales targets ;)

The training goes very well, loving the rider's progress and the way her loan mare responds to tiny updates in posture, reactions, suppleness, awareness.

Then afternoon brainstorming my big project and wondering where will it take us :)

And evening - like this...end of month admin joy :)

Until tomorrow!

Monday, 30 March 2015

The weekend and all the way up to day 89

It's been cold and windy here in home counties in the last few days. The countryside is full of road kill but stuff that gets flown in your way is diverse and creative. Like this nice trampoline that gracefully floated above the low hedges and landed right in front of the car I was travelling in.

Such adventures aside, I'd managed to pick some low level infection that is making my throat miserable and with my job based on 90% talking, no day off for over 10 days and it is all a rather unpleasant experience. I was once given an advice to utilise breathing and voice projection techniques of opera singers as apparently simply talking a lot can give you throat infections regardless.
I have never gotten round to practice singers' wisdoms although it seems logical they would be the ones to know how to look after their vocal cords.

What makes me wonder though is how effective those methods would be if taken outside and tried in a wind that stuffs all the words back into your face the second they manage to stumble out ;)

Troubles with internet connection makes updating daily a tricky job but I am hoping it won't be a regular issue.

Link to the book on Amazon: HERE

On another note, I have just came across this book (pic left) - If I like it I will pop a review on Aspire blog at some point, if I don't like it, well, I will remain silent ;)

Speaking of reviews, one of the bloggers involved in Aspire blog has recently reviewed a rather interesting and educational horse game so if you are into online stable creations and living a parallel equestrian universe do check it out.
Alice's review of Star Stable awaits you HERE

The world today, with all that virtual reality available must be a paradise for all the introverted, horse mad teens.

We are now plummeting into Easter holiday with its usual, relentless disruptions to all services that I badly rely on.  Roll on driving licence ;)

Until tomorrow! (Hopefully!)

Friday, 27 March 2015

Day 85 & 86: Admin, interesting videos and a new haircut dilemma

Organising my weeks ahead. There is something very calming and relaxing in having everything where it is suppose to be. At least for a short moment before schedules get turned upside down, lessons get postponed, trains cancelled etc - the usual daily malarkey ;)

I came across a rather interesting series of videos recently and I think at least some of you might be interested. The videos are in form of discussions about stress in riding, happiness, biomechanics and dressage :) Check them out here: http://do.dressagenaturally.net/ (they are free when you sign up for Karen's news (just scroll down the page for sign up button).

On subject of haircut, I admit to being very lazy when it comes to my hair (read: I have it cut once or twice a year ;) but I do feel like giving my hairdresser a little work this time!

So, I wonder if I should go for a fringe and maybe lighter colour (although not as light as below simulation, that's just for the cut itself):

Btw, this the before (although still current ;) Isn't it incredible how one can change one's appearance just by changing hair cut and colour? Well, and adding some make up I suppose. 

I am thinking of the bottom left as far as style of the cut as it seems to match my hair type closest and my own colour with some lighter touch - not going for the light blond, way too high maintenance!
If you fancy giving your opinion, comment away :)

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Day 83 & 84: Ex-racehorse to Event Horse in progress: 3 months flatwork training – comparison video

On Saturday evening and this morning I've been working on putting together some comparison footage as well as putting together homework for my riders. I still have good few to go through but wanted to share with you this stunning chap - isn't he one hell of an amazing horse?!
If he continues as he does and stays injury free he is going to shine out there very soon :)

No gadgets, no rush - just slow, patient training and a lovely rider to teach.

A little more about him on Aspire blog, here: https://aspireequestrian.wordpress.com/2015/03/26/ex-racehorse-to-event-horse-in-progress-3-months-flatwork-training-comparison-video/

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Day 82: Timing and Feel

M. during her lesson having a taste of Aspire Development level (schooling of the horse)

They say "feel" is the most difficult aspect to teach but I find that most riders can learn that "feel" - what I personally find challenging (in a nicest possible way) is to teach timing and the ability to act on the feel.
When focused yet relaxed, most riders feel the movement and after practice and observation, can tell me exactly which leg of the horse moves, whether it is in the air, pushing off, reaching forward or perhaps going sideways. Most riders, even with eyes closed and on their first lesson, can tell me when each shoulder of the horse moves simply by feeling it through their thighs and knees. 
They feel whether the horse's ribcage bulges more one way or the other and whether the horse's way of going makes it easy or difficult to remain symmetrical through upper body.

Feel might not be easy but it is rather teachable.

Now, timing and ability to act on the feel comes with so many trials and errors, emotions (frustrations being one I see most), tension, trying-too-hard...

Good timing (of aids/communication between rider and the horse) makes movement look easy. Great timing makes movement look magical :) 


Monday, 23 March 2015

Day 81 Spring has started,,,

Some time ago, in a chat with a friend I shared some partially hilarious, partially impossible life situations I had found myself in over the years.
- I don't know how you do it - she said - I wouldn't have the courage.
Surprise. How differently is the courage seen by different people.
The infinite confidence in the future - I envy that on some level. How could we slog away, endure something we dislike, maybe can't stand even, for this ethereal concept of "later".

As the life awakens around us and continues its inevitable, predictable cycle, so short at times, how could we store so much confidence in the days that aren't anywhere near? Is it the belief in some form of after life that makes people so relaxed about not having the life they want here and now? ;)

I watch people hating their jobs, being sick from stress, hating where they live, depressed, studying towards a degree they never want to pursue, staying with partners they can't stand and I wonder, maybe it's me who is the coward...I simply follow what makes me happy. I don't feel very courageous at all.

Spring brings many new phone calls with it. I can't help but wonder, where were you in the winter, people? :) The sun is still deceiving - you wake up to warm windows and go out to the cold wind that makes your eyes stream and fingers freeze.

It's very late tonight but I'd been writing and lost the feel for time. Must catch some sleep!

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Day 79 & 80: A little plug for friend's Kickstarter project :)

If there have ever been a question of a little lady wizard actually existing, this girl was it. All gangly, 14 years old, always with a black cat under her arm or on her shoulder, singing something quietly, face almost entirely hidden under impossible amount of long, wavy dark hair.

Dreamy to the point of oblivion and driving us all slightly up the trees with it, nevertheless somehow managing to muck out some stables in between cat stroking, lead ponies for me surviving numerous tripping and out of breath breaks. Rarely complaining much, just gliding around the yard with her seemingly several meters long limbs giving her an impression of something between incredible laziness and wizard-y elegance.

That's how I remember Angela Tong's first months at a lovely little yard we both worked together from around 2009 to summer 2012. And look at her now - a real wizard lady :) 


Although I will reveal she is still slightly crazy like the rest of the yard team ;)

September 2014. Driving little toy cars as you do. Myself on the pink one, Angie on the red one ;) 
Now dear lovely readers, do check this Kickstarter project Angela is involved in...and maybe support it if you like it :)

My own love of illustrations started with Thorgal 
- his adventures were my absolute obsession from age 10....onwards;)


Thursday, 19 March 2015

Day 78: Let's start again :) Teaching commitment....

Introducing new rider on Start Programme to his training buddy for the next 12 sessions - it's always a great challenge to teach those basic skills in a way they create a solid foundations to further learning.

I must say, I agree with this short post here: http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2015/03/the-difference-between-commitment-and-technique.html  , there must be commitment before there can be any proper improvement.

Teaching commitment - now, that's a challenge...


Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Day 77: As if it happened before...

I am standing next to Merehead chatting to Emma post lesson, discussing some details.

- I've just fed the pigs - A. says as she passes us and with that single, short sentence she takes me back to a day that never was in which I am at the yard I never visited where there are no pigs that I know of. The day that seems, for this very second at least, both familiar and completely untraceable in time or space. 
Even now, as I write this, just a few hours later, I can no longer recall the same feeling of familiarity or any of the events with any clarity.   

Deja vu. Bizarre. 

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -- - - - - - - - 

I don't know whether it's the warmer weather or the fact that I'd now been back doing Aspire programmes for a full year after my break but I am getting more enquiries and having to fit more clients into my weekly schedule. I am also having to look for horses that are suitable for each rider. Time management is a good problem to have, good one indeed :) 

Somewhere in Hampshire 


Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Day 76: Mostly awareness and perception today

Every several weeks I focus the Foundation programme lessons mostly on awareness and feel. Sometimes on the lunge, sometimes not but the idea is for the rider to train internal concentration, feeling how movement changes and affects their bodies, how much movement they can feel and how much they are able to act on that feel without unnecessary tension.

These are not easy sessions but they help the rider bond with the movement :) They help the rider make friends with bumps about the saddle and shifts of weight and even with some unbalanced discomfort.

They also teach joint motion and awareness of it. They teach throughness but to the rider :)
I really rate them and see huge improvement in the rider's perception and understanding of what feeling through the seat really means.

Riders who are a little too busy through their bodies, become more stable and quieter. Riders who are too loose and floppy, become naturally more organised in their bodies.

Training the rider is the key. Once the rider is good, the horse can enjoy the learning...

New boy has arrived for one of my riders on Development Programme. He is a one handsome cob! And oh so friendly :) 

Until tomorrow!

Monday, 16 March 2015

Day 75: Testing You Tube subtitles for my videos...in tears!

Subtitles can be a great learning tool. They can clarify the subject matter and of course, make the video easy to understand in your chosen language. Fabulous. I had a go with my today's videos and ended up crying with laughter ;)

Here are some examples - what do you think? Perhaps it's my odd accent that nobody can ever place - including You Tube it seems - that confused the translator? ;)

Well, that was fun but I probably won't be using subtitles instead of voice overs just yet.

Until tomorrow!

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Day 73 & 74: Working weekend, teacups and corners

These are no ordinary tea cups and this is not an ordinary walk with two cups of tea. This is a rider on my simulator/rider improvement session skipping along with two cups full of water building her awareness of what happens with her arms when her legs and hips canter ;)

Off-horse exercises are such fun, easy yet powerful way to build awareness and improve specific riding skills. There is a possibly very exciting little project coming up in my little head quarters in cooperation with another overseas professional covering this area of rider training so I really hope it goes ahead. Once I have some concrete information I will be blogging about it straight away.

The weekend training theme was outside aids control, self-carriage and corners. I chose to use a very simple exercise that help riders on both Foundation and Development programmes and it worked very well as even riders starting to understand the aids better and riders who compete regularly were both challenged and able to build feel, awareness and effectiveness. Love simple exercises that bring multitude of benefits.

All you need is two poles and you are ready to go :)
If you would like full description of the exercise let me know and I will cover it on Aspire blog.

Until tomorrow!


Friday, 13 March 2015

Day 72: Curious habits of Oxford and just some time with my dearest :)

Fun day today clocking in some well over due time with my dearest Richard, watching Oxford students do their thing (anyone know what's the occasion? ;) ), wandering around old buildings, cobbled streets, free museums, eating nice food, drinking coffee, reading and just generally enjoying spring and spending time together :)

I am now sitting here editing video for eventing series for Aspire blog. Sadly, my internet has its own agenda and even though I left the uploads running for a whole day, only a few files actually uploaded. Evenings are always better connection wise so I shall play with it now.

Have a great weekend! It's a working one for me :)

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Day 71: Green outside windows, chiropractic addition and teaching exams

Morning in Berkshire countryside :) The green is as green as it looks especially when the sun comes out and highlights the colours. It was supposed to rain today but thankfully, as many a time, the weather forecast was very much wrong.

Very interesting morning teaching a new client, a human chiropractor who is adding equine chiropractic to his skills and wants to learn to ride. Having a huge interest in biomechanics of movement I really enjoy working with other sports professionals, a very good challenge and a learning experience in its own rights.

Riding instruction as a whole is very imprecise, often contradictory to how our body is able to learn movement. It's always been a curiosity of mine as to why BHS teaching exams don't include human physiology beyond the very basics of how the rider should look on the horse. I don't believe riding instructors are incapable of learning a little more about joint function, spine care, musculo-skeletal movement patterns.

For those of you who aren't familiar with British Horse Society examination system, here is a syllabus of Diploma in BHS Intermediate Teaching of Horse Riding (to give you an idea - this diploma prepares you for teaching riders to a level that huge amounts of amateur riders never go above of: affiliated - Elementary level Dressage, Eventing to BE100 and Show Jumping to BS Discovery - 1m.

It's curious, don't you think, that there is not a single unit about human physiology, movement, postural issues etc ?
The syllabus hasn't changed much since I took the exam in 2009.

How does it look in your country?

Until tomorrow!


Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Day 70: In need of sleep

Full on day today with lessons so instead of adding my post I should really be catching some sleep but the 365 project is relentless ;)

I filmed the next batch of videos of Emma and Shabby's eventing story today, hope to have enough time to have it all edited and up on Aspire blog by Friday evening.

I am still unsure of how to make a nice to watch story out of this, we are doing it the un-scripted, on the day kind of way ;) We shall see how it turns out. Shabby was very good today, they are doing a local dressage show on Monday to give him an outing before Goring Heath event so I hope he contains his excitement and relaxes enough to have a good time!

Until tomorrow,

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Day 69: The views on my way to work

I thought I would share with you the fauna and flora on my way to work today.

Until tomorrow ;)

Monday, 9 March 2015

Day 68: Like-minded Mondays and doing a driving licence

Do you ever get that feeling - I am "surrounded" by people who are not exactly like-minded?

I get that on some Monday mornings when I open my social media accounts and see my feeds flooded with variety of versions of  "I hate Mondays" posters, emotikons, statuses, vines etc

Dilemma - Do I remove/unfriend/unfollow all those people or ignore?

To me, a Monday means just another cool day with great people and horses. Have you heard about that theory which says that you are the combination of the five people you spend the most time with? What if we add the online world many of us work/play in nowadays and think our mindset is heavily affected by the first five social media messages we read every morning?

I often tell my riders not to use "I can't", "I don't know", "this is too difficult" etc because our words do become our actions. So yes, these were my thoughts on this little overcast but nevertheless lively morning on way to teach.

Another thing that was on my mind today was the case of a driving licence...Yet another delayed train today seemed to have suddenly made me determined to get more mobile.

This comes with costs...

The lessons: costs vary but I am told the best option is to take 2h slots at a time. In my area this means about £50 per session
As I have no option to practice with anyone, I would need to do all my driving in the lesson environment so I am estimating a minimum of 30 sessions (30 x £50 = £1.500).

The insurance: this is where the research "fun" started ;) Almost everyone says that insuring a car as a first time driver is expensive but there are also quite a few nuances to it. If you drive you are probably aware of this but as someone who really doesn't pay attention to much car related stuff, it's all rather new to me.
Thank goodness some stuff are very comparable to horse world ;)

The insurance depends on the make of the car [of course it does, same with horses ;) ]
The insurance depends on mileage you intend to do [let's think about it as of what discipline one wants to compete at]
The insurance depends on your experience as a driver [this doesn't apply really...- but perhaps it should!]

I found this useful site which lists makes of cars in relation to insurance costs - do you drivers think it's useful? http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/best-cars/insurance-policy/85261/cheapest-cars-insure

This is my kind of a car ;) Land Rover Defender  I am guessing un-insurable at any reasonable rate for me:(

A few years ago, Daily Mail delivered a nice piece of information about a teenager who was quoted £72,000 to insure his £600 Vauxhall Corsa (google it if you are interested). I have a feeling mine could be similar for the car above. Maybe.

To figure out even an estimated insurance cost is rather an undertaking. Most options ask you to answer several pages of questions about the car you don't have so it's a bit like solving a murder in Colombo but without Colombo.
The forums bring rather an interesting variety of ideas too ranging from £800 to £4.400 a year depending on the money grabbing insurer, make of the car and age of the driver.

As far as the age goes, I hope that since I am pretty much a geriatric in the world of first-time-car-drivers this will work in my favour.

The actual exam fees seem like buying a coffee in comparison:

Theory exam: £25
Practical exam: £62

The car...

£600-£2.500 ? 

Current savings for the above mission: £10 ;) 

And breathe...What I need now is a driving instructor who wants to trade driving lessons for riding lessons for themselves or their offspring(s) ;)

Until tomorrow!


Sunday, 8 March 2015

Day 66 & 67: The weekend, the making of a new eventing series on Aspire blog and general positivity

Let's start with this little video :)

For some time I'd been wondering about the training diary idea that would follow one of my clients on Performance programme (riders competing at Grassroots levels - and perhaps beyond one day - of the sport,) to bring an enjoyable, relatable series.

I want to see how the idea goes but since Aspire blog is gaining viewers and popularity steadily I think it's only fitting that it helps the riders who help make it into what it is. Depending on how time consuming the series becomes, I will try to add at least one more horse and maybe another rider-horse combination in either pure jumping or dressage. It's very much a test of whether a little coach like me with a small but growing blog audience can help a rider become more visible and perhaps even attractive to some sponsors/supporters. We shall see.

Here is an introduction to the series if you wanted to check it out :) https://aspireequestrian.wordpress.com/2015/03/08/intro-to-the-new-series-aspire-equestrian-training-diary-emma-b-and-shabash-british-eventing/

Even though I have never officially worked in marketing, I did study it for almost five years so part of me wants to test if that genuine, fun, simple and honest way that we all so enjoyed at project level at University some 12 years ago can be applicable to real life as it is right now...In the world of deception and online craze, can simply telling an honest story still create opportunities? Perhaps not but I am tempted to try!

The weekend was fabulous weather wise, we had lots of fun and I had way to many layers on me following a deceptively sunny Friday that froze me to the bone!
Now, I have an exciting plan to lie on the bed with latest Horse & Hound and a bunch of weekend papers before I had over to Hampshire tomorrow to teach one of my most committed riders who only missed 2 sessions in some 8 months! (and the second one was due to my being unwell).

Feeling happy for no apparent reason today so sending you some happy vibes dear readers :)
Until tomorrow!


Friday, 6 March 2015

Day 65: Thought of the Day

If we had as many gadgets, ideas and equipment for training riders as we have for training horses, perhaps the latter would be an altogether easier and more pleasant (for the horse) task...

Some super work today with no gadgets what-so-ever ;)

Until tomorrow :)


Thursday, 5 March 2015

Day 64: Not bloggable but edible

Meetings, writing and other not very bloggable things happened today. More on all of them in due course :) I had this amazing chicken burger today, sometimes you just have to celebrate ;)

Until tomorrow!


Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Day 63: Brand sponsorship for coaches?

I've just had this interesting chat on ‪#‎equestrianhour‬ on Twitter where I asked what people thought of the fact that there wasn't much happening in terms of brands sponsoring freelance coaches/instructors.
I am not necessarily talking about myself as I am just a little fish in a massive pond, however, I know of some wider-reach coaches who don't compete often any more yet see many clients and could potentially be fabulous brand ambassadors.
I should add that I don't mean for coaches to become reps/sales people pushing certain brands onto clients. 
Think about it - a little, smaller scale coach like me visits on average four different livery yards a week, two being rather large. They house a couple of hundred or more horses altogether. Most of these horses have owners who either have lessons with me or at least see me passing by. 
Now, I don't drive (driving coach is great too - think of racing cars...you can barely see the car for brands' stickers ;) ) so I also travel regularly on trains to London, Hampshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire. Occasionally I also fly abroad to teach. Again - that's some serious amount of people who see my breeches/jacket/backpack/thermos/boots etc etc on a daily basis. 
The other day I was waiting for a train at a station (in my jods as usual ;) when someone walked up to me and asked me if I rode (clue in clothing). We got chatting and it turned out she had two horses at advanced level and trained with Carl Hester (what are the chances of that by the way??). 
The point is, people who ride notice other people who look remotely horsey whether they want to or not. 
If a rider needs something in terms of clothing for themselves or for the horse, in terms of feeding or management - they will ask me for advice first. If I say, this and that is great, they will buy it 9 out of 10 times. 
Now, let's not forget that's just a little me running my own little coaching programme. If you multiply this to match a situation of a much more accomplished trainer who perhaps doesn't ride or compete that much any more but teaches many riders (who then go out and about) it seems obvious that she/he would potentially be a fabulous "brand sponsorship material"?
Out and about teaching...pictures by Pure Essence Photography from one of my clinics in Yorkshire 

If you are an instructor -  have you ever been approached by a brand who wanted visibility via your coaching presence? 
If you are a rider taking lessons, have you ever asked your coach what bit best to use or where they got their boots from or their breeches from? 
There isn't a day someone doesn't ask me what best to buy for this or that, where I got this or that from. If I say buy xyz because I think it would suit them great, they buy it. 
So, as a coach, what are your experiences? Would sponsorship of things like clothing/boots/venue sponsorship so you could run clinics etc etc helpful for you?
Or perhaps, as a rider, you think it isn't a good idea? Perhaps you look up only to competition riders to see what they wear, what their horses wear, what they feed? 
Perhaps you only look up to coaches/riders who actively compete at higher levels?
I am genuinely very curious about it and although of course I would love to be sponsored myself, I am realistic and try to look at the situation with as little bias as possible. 
If I had a product for riders or horses, the right coach would be the first person I would approach to see how they could represent me so it makes me wonder why are most brands so focused on such saturated field as rider sponsorship is? 
Your thoughts would be much appreciated :)
Until tomorrow!


Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Day 62: Finally fixing newsletters trouble, selfies, admin extravaganza and an advice please...

After a couple of months of trying to solve the issue with my newsletters application, I have finally fixed it! I have managed to send one today but I do have another "issue" with this whole newsletter story.
The content. I have several ideas for it but none that I am currently wild about. As probably many of you, I sign up for various updates from numerous websites but I am yet to read one that makes me think "ohh can't wait for it to arrive"...

So that's when I need your advice...whether you have already seen Aspire's newsletters or not, what would you generally like to see in your horse/coaching related email subscriptions?
What do you look for in newsletters that you do sign up to?

I would really appreciate your views and ideas here.

Now, ever since my dear Mum discovered a concept of a "selfie" she likes to ask me for one - often. I don't really get this whole selfie craze but I try to keep her happy and snap one a month or so. Today, I sent her about ten various funny ones plus some "oh look I am still alive and doing ok" ones ;)

Sending you all a virtual smile.

These were taken in the morning before my admin marathon today so I look reasonably awake!
A few more emails left to reply but they will have to wait until tomorrow. I am signing off today to catch up with some offline reading and make a few notes for Saturday's lessons as won't have the time for this before the weekend.

Until tomorrow,


Monday, 2 March 2015

Day 60 & 61: A lady with a Chilean mare, the interview and what age is best for starting riding lessons...

Sometimes I chat with a potential client who says they would really like to sign up for my training but they live too far to come regularly.
Distance is a funny excuse for something you really want to do (if you indeed really want to do it...). I used to travel from London to Gloucestershire twice a week to part-time study and train, to Wiltshire and Oxfordshire to shadow-train and for lessons, 3h a day 7 days a week to my horse at livery during my first year of University - the concept of not doing something because it's 3-4 hours away is quite an alien thing to me.

It seems to boil down to the fact that we either do something or make excuses not to do something. At times, riders say that travel is too expensive just to say in the same sentence they'd been having lessons for the last 2 years and have not improved. If improvement is the goal then maybe 2 years of lessons that offer no value is more expensive in many more ways than monetary than travelling to training that do bring improvement?

Working with people who have the no-excuse attitude is probably the best part of running my own coaching programme. I used to joke that I don't advertise too much because then the right person finds me but I am starting to think this is truly the case!

I chose the Aspire blog to be my "advertising" because the seeking riders come across it and get in touch. It is definitely a much slower and a shoestring budget kind of process but oh so rewarding.
The picture at the top of this post shows my Sunday client who travelled for her training with me from Chile. She has her own Chilean horse over there but wants to progress and opportunities for that are limited where she is. We've been organising her intensive training day with me since last year as many logistical obstacles kept turning up but we managed eventually. She coordinates her UK work trips with training and I am already looking forward to seeing her again in a couple of months.

Making things happen is simply inspirational.

Talking about inspiration...I did an interview with The Gait Post where I shared some of my thoughts on training, motivation, inspirational people, international experiences and more :) If you would like to check it out, here is the link: http://www.thegaitpost.com/wiola-grabowska/

A friend of mine who runs a coaching group on Facebook started an interesting discussion today about most suitable age for starting to learn to ride and I thought the video that she posted is worth sharing...what do you think of Charles De Kunffy's opinions?

I have a base limit of 12 years old for joining the Academy but treat everyone individually upon assessment. Some children are very mature training wise and able to focus well whereas some older teenagers struggle with even more simple technical aspects of equitation.
When it comes to adults, from my experience, in most cases it is not the age but the perception of age that hinders their progress. Being "too old for this or that" becomes an excuse when in reality some exercises and movement can be difficult regardless the age.

What do you think?

Until tomorrow!
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