10 GOLDEN RULES FOR A SUC­CESS­FUL SCHOOL­ING SES­SION

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Prac­tise at home first. Your ses­sion should be ce­ment­ing home­work. Don’t go alone – have a pair of eyes on the ground or a com­pan­ion on a horse who can be a lead if needed. Go with an in­struc­tor, so you re­main fo­cused and gain con­fi­dence from them. Prac­tise rid­ing in be­tween fences and in a straight line. Warm up over small fences and only progress as you feel con­fi­dent. String fences to­gether – don’t just stop and start. Tackle sim­ple fences at an an­gle and off a turn – great prac­tice for com­bi­na­tions and tricky lines. Ne­go­ti­ate a va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent fence types, so your horse sees and learns. Have an ac­tion plan but don’t overdo it – you may not achieve ev­ery­thing in one day. If you have a prob­lem, stay calm, as­sess what hap­pened and try again.

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