Most trainers will give you homework and things to be mindful of until your next lesson. To get the most out of the investment you all (you, your horse and your trainer) make during your lessons, take yourself back to your school days and prioritize your homework or else you will have to give yourself detention! In all seriousness, if you don’t practice, you won’t improve – sounds obvious, but it’s amazing how many people expect the “better riding fairy” to pay a visit between lessons without actually putting in the work.
Stick to the Plan
Don’t try and teach your horse something spectacular to try and impress your trainer or your yard buddies– missing a building block is missing out parts of the scales of training and will only come back to bite you later. Your trainer will be far more impressed teaching and guiding you whilst building the foundations to develop a strong and talented combination.
Mix It Up
Although homework is important, it’s also important to keep your schooling varied. Have some down time, hack, do some ground work – don’t pile the pressure on yourself and drill away at the same things between lessons – this just makes for a stale combination and zaps all the fun out of training.
Most top international riders vary the work they do with their horses throughout the week to keep things interesting and fun, including hacking, lunging, schooling at other venues, in hand work, jumping, long reining, etc.
After all, if it’s not fun or rewarding – you’re not doing it right.