Equestrian version of eat in and take away…what kind of rider are you? What kind of rider would you like to be?

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? 😉

Jo tacking up
Rider on Aspire Intensive Training Day learning to tack up her horse prior to lunge lesson. Start Programme.

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.

sally washing rudi off
Rider on Aspire Training Session (2h) washing her horse off after riding. Foundation Programme.

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.

kari hooves 2
Rider on Aspire Intensive Training Day putting bandages on a horse before riding. Development Programme.

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 🙂

group tack up
Shared Aspire Intensive Training Day. Getting horses ready for training.

7 thoughts on “Equestrian version of eat in and take away…what kind of rider are you? What kind of rider would you like to be?”

  1. Well, I am the full blown do-it-yourself kind of person. Although I used to have a barn where I did everything from morning and night feeds, to turn outs to mucking. Now, I have my horse stabled and pay for someone to feed and clean the stall only because my work schedule is hectic, and this is a more balanced way and I know he is being well taken care of. I however, ride 5 days a week, saddle, rug my horse, turn him out etc. They grain, water and provide a stall. So its a win-win at the moment. However, someday when I have my own house I will have my own stable and take care of my horses full-time once again. 🙂 Fantastic read, by the way! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    1. I thought I ought to share something light from time to time 🙂

      It’s true we can’t have all the time in the world to groom and look after horses but I really do think that it’s such a huge part of this sport, especially at the lower levels when riders just learn to interact with horses.

      And hey, once a DIY owner, forever a DIY owner deep down 😉

  2. This is such a perfect analogy. I would definitely put myself in the first camp, but have a lot of experience with people in the second camp. Interestingly enough, I haven’t noticed a difference in riding abilities between the two types, just a difference in knowledge and horse management. Great article!

    1. Thank you 🙂 I agree, many riders from “take away” departement are ambitious, driven individuals who work hard in the short time they allocate to riding and that often means they are technically good riders.

      I simplified the vision for the sake of the post as of course there will be many riders who can’t be stereotyped this way. In general I am pro knowledge + skill package..:)

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