Though lessons have been… less than consistent over the last 2 months, I still try to make my rides worthwhile and keep my trainers’ voices in my head as much as possible. In particular, there are several often heard phrases that I tell myself over and over, with hopes of eventually never having to hear them again.
From my dressage trainer, these generally include:
Don’t show him what not to do, instead show him what to do!
Get him reaching from the base of his neck!
Engage your core / Think about landing in the same place in the saddle every time
And from my eventing trainer, it’s often:
Shoulders away from the fence!
No leaning over the fence (with my hips/shoulders/head/secret hopes and wishes)
Keep him straight!
and very very often…
What was that?!
What happened there?!
and even more commonly…
Why don’t you just try that again.
What are the mantras your trainer uses with you? What phrases live in your head when you aren’t in a training session? And what are the words that you are basically ready to tattoo on your arm so you don’t forget?