What Are the Necessary Characteristics Required To Be A Skilled Rider?

Contributed by – Milly Shand

Skilled Rider Photo credit: Steph Hillier on Flickr

Our Associate, Equitopia are holding an online conference on the 21st June   With this in mind we asked this question on our Thoughtful Equestrians discussion page and have listed some of the key points shared.

  • Connection with horses – a mental link
  • A well balanced rider who is in control of their body
  • Listening to the horse
  • Putting the horse first
  • Rapport
  • Soft hands – feel
  • Self-awareness
  • Love
  • Patience
  • Putting horse before ego
  • Humility
  • Compassion
  • Being in the moment
  • Listening to the horse
  • Not taking yourself too seriously
  • Able to enjoy the experience
  • Learning from the horse
  • Understanding the horse
  • Empathy – trying to understand how it is for the horse
  • Having a true bond
  • Ability to gain the trust of the horse
  • Understanding that each horse is different
  • An open mind

    It’s a pretty awesome list! What would you add to it and what do you think are the most important qualities?

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