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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  https://www.equitopiacenter.com/event/online-conference-qualities-and-characteristics-of-a-skilled-rider/   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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