The First Time When…

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My first go at passage. June 2011

Today I would like to invite anyone who is up for it to take part in a little “first time when” challenge 🙂 I will start with my own “first time when” video… I can’t even start to tell you how many things I see wrong on it 😉

One rider told me today that she would love to go up a level competing wise but she knew she did not want to feel like a beginner again. Do you stay in your comfort zone of competency to avoid the discomfort of progress?

Let’s face it, raw progress is not particularly comfortable or graceful but it has never meant to be. My first experience of trying to ride passage was a mishmash of trying too hard, searching for the right feel, seeking connection and harmony with the horse and losing it with each step, creating power which I had no idea how to contain, trying to remain relaxed while maintaining tension needed for the movement…it was a mess!

I am quite ok with that for now. One of many riding goals I want to pursue is the skill of riding at Grand Prix level. Finances allow, I would like to compete at that level too. In the meantime, I am enjoying the “beginner” stage at that level and I hope to inspire many riders this year to set their own “progress goals” too 🙂

Your turn! What’s your “goal in progress”? If you have a video, link to it in the comments! Share your “first time when” on the way to the future skill you are working to acquire 🙂


4 thoughts on “The First Time When…”

  1. That was neat. I love watching when you and the horse about grasp it, and the voice in the back ground sounds excited for you.

    Thanks for posting!

  2. Oh wow, lovely video!!! My goal in progress at the moment is training piaffe (but it’s passage I most want to ride!). I’m trying to train piaffe by using a mixture of schoolhalt (to teach her to sit more) and diagonalising her walk. I’d built up to schoolhalt by teaching her to bring her hind legs further underneath her in halt and by having a little go at capturing levade one day with the clicker when she was being a bit hormonal when I’d left her tied up in the yard to go and get something. Here’s the ‘first time when’ video of us having a play at schoolhalt with the clicker.;

    and a ‘first time when video of having a try at diagonalising her walk;

    1. Ahh thanks Helen 🙂
      Cool videos! I hear/read so many conflicting statements about clicker training, I look forward to hopefully a live demo from you when we meet! 🙂

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