Picture this on your day off:
– a coffee shop with comfy sofas, wooden floors, lovely scent of freshly grounded beans, catch up chat with friends or just a long solitary, me-time with your favourite book…Your coffee or tea in a real cup, hot and delicious.
– a coffee shop, quick, efficient queue, convenient paper cup for you to grab, run and enjoy on your way to another place of your choosing.
Now, out of curiosity, what kind of rider are you dear reader? If riding experiences were coffee, would you eat in or take away? 😉
In my job I meet both the ‘eat in’ riders and ‘take away’ riders. The former like my intensive training days and the 2 hour sessions when they get to groom the horses, be with them in situations other than the riding moments and get to join a long term experience. The ‘eat in’ riders appreciate effort that goes into every detail of training, they are curious, inquisitive and often emphatetic. Teaching these riders is a life long adventure, it’s educational for a coach not only for the student as well as being a process in which horses are the most important element.
They like to see their horses off either by grooming after the ride, taking to the field, rugging up etc If they own a horse they will most likely keep it on DIY or part livery basis if only their work life allows them.
The ‘take away’ riders like to book in last minute, prefer the horse to be ready, groomed, tacked up and waiting, they don’t like to “waste time” on non-riding stuff. They are often very passionate about riding itself in that they are often very focused on task in hand and get a great, positive kick (no pun intended!) out of a lesson or a conditioning hack and so are very rewarding to teach. They might ride very regularly or from time to time but usually go for a quick, adrenaline rising ride than a longer, comprehensive session. More often than the ‘eat in’ riders, the ‘take away’ enthusiasts will chose a hack or a fast ride-out over a lesson.
Getting dirty untacking and rugging up after the ride is rarely their idea of fun. If they own a horse they might keep it on Full or Working Livery depending on financial situation.
Then there are some riders who are a little bit of both 🙂 They might go through stages of wanting to be involved and learn more and then just looking for a quick “coffee fix”.
And you? Which type of rider are you 🙂
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