"Just get back on! You don't want to lose your nerve."
"Why not enter the trail class? You're at the show anyway."
"Are you coming out on a hack with us?"
Well-meaning invitations, but sadly, invitations into situations for which neither you nor your horse are quite prepared.
Have you ever felt pressure to push the boundaries with your horse?
I am a professional bubble-burster. As clinician and coach, I act as the voice of caution. As a show judge, I can only wince.
We'd never suggest a friend commute into Toronto with unreliable brakes and steering. Yet, it makes me sad to see at a few horses at every show, in the pressure cooker of an unfamiliar environment without the tools needed for the task.
I've been there- felt the pressure from a friend, a coach, a client. The time I've spent rebuilding confidence in myself or my horse inspires me to help other riders and horses rebuild theirs. Systematically installing the buttons to move the horse laterally, lengthen and shorten stride, connect, collect and halt.