10 GOLDEN RULES FOR A SUCCESSFUL SCHOOLING SESSION
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.