10 Things to know about being a young equestrian (Part 2)

August 18, 2018, Author: Contributor

Georgie Roberts

6. Don’t measure success in accolades, but in pleasure and progress.
To be honest, not every horse is a winning horse – BUT every horse IS special. Every pony you ride brings a lesson, even if it’s a tough one you didn’t want! Indeed, sometimes those are the ones we need the most.  Even for professional riders, sometimes a win means a slow clear round, and sometimes it just means getting back on when you have had a fright.  The only real failure we experience when falling is from not rising again! The only person you should be interested in beating is the rider you were yesterday.

7. Be gracious and appreciative to the people who got you here.
Any great success in your life is the result of a team effort. This means your coach, and your groom who looks after your pony while you are at school, but also your parents who support this, your friends who make it fun, and the people behind counters who help things run smoothly. You will never be too big, too good, or too successful to appreciate the people who facilitate you achieving.  The mark of great people is not how they treat their superiors, but how they treat their supposed inferiors.

8. Have fun, but stay safe.
Safety first… then let the magic happen! Always wear your helmet, check your equipment yourself, be careful even around ponies who you know. These rules don’t change when you grow up, and getting complacent in life can lead to accidents.

9. Be mindful of the big picture.
Whether you are doing this as a hobby for now, or dedicated to this as a lifelong journey of heady obsession, horses offer you amazing opportunities. They lend you wings, teach you to fly, teach you to love. They might break your bones, which is okay because you have 206 of those, but sometimes they break your heart too.  This is great training for the first date your parents hope you never have!  They teach you to keep your chin up and your heels down, especially when things are getting rough.

10. The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.
If you want to learn, no one can stop you. If you don’t want to learn, no one can teach you. Read books, ask questions, be involved – this applies for everything you ever want to pursue.  Pick up your score sheets after your classes, and ask the judges where you can improve.  There are many people who will happily help you in life if you are enthusiastic to learn, show the extra effort, and work hard!