If you haven't heard of Working Equitation, it is a multi-phase sport incorporating working or functional dressage, obstacles judged with the finesse and quality of dressage, obstacles at speed and the optional, but far less common, cattle work.
You don't have to compete in Working Equitation to benefit from it. It's also great cross-training.
But the reasons I love it, both as a participant and as a coach, is because it's Fun and Measurable.
Whether you compete (and get a score sheet) or not, the skills required help you to measure your progress.
This fits in really well with my attention to detail.
Because the first two trials are specific measurable tasks, it's easier to identify where they go wrong and break them down in to smaller steps. Steps that often involve groundwork as well, where you can observe what's going on from the ground without your body weight influencing your horses. Part of helping them step by step through the levels.
I want to help improve both the quantity and quality of Working Equitation riders.
It is such a fun sport, with good camaraderie and people who care about their horses and I really enjoy the improvements I see as horses are brought progressively through the levels.
The more I can help people to understand, recognize, and implement changes to the subtle things they haven't noticed, that are interfering with their progress, the more that will help their horses both in the short and long term.
There are a lot of little things, both with our own bodies, and our horses, that we are not aware of.
When we learn what they are through measuring, and observing the details, we can begin to use exercises to change old habits, improve on skills and build a solid foundation for the horse and the rider.
Working Equitation helps by giving us a specific task to complete, that can be measured. Then a plan can be formed as to what is needed to improve it. It often comes down to a lack of balance, either forward and back or left to right.
I believe if every rider took the time to learn how to achieve straightness and balance in both the horse and the rider, so they can perform their tasks with ease,
the world would be a better place for the horses.
Many people want a quick fix, but it takes time. Working Equitation is a Fun way to spend that time.
It is an excellent choice for online learning because of the measurable tasks, and the breakdown of skills involved.
Having the lessons online means you can access them whenever you need a review
and the community means you can ask questions to gain a better understanding.