Have you ever tried something new? Do you remember the first time you got on a horse?
Starting anything new for the first time can be challenging. You’re nervous and scared. You may even be afraid you will mess up. Dressage is no different. It’s hard and takes time to learn, to become proficient. Even after years of riding, you may not master dressage.
What is Dynamite Riding Academy’s number one tip for new riders? Don’t give up. No matter how hard it seems, and it will seem hard, keep riding! We are here to help you and support you. You simply need to keep showing up.
Dressage is not an easy sport.
But if you love horses and riding, you can accomplish your goals. All it takes is a little hard work. Too often, people want the easy way out, but we know the easy way never gets us to our goals. Think about it, does the quick fix diet work? Does one weight training session make you strong? Nope. You need to work on those continuously to see results. Dressage is no different.
According to author Maxwell Gladwell in his book Outliers*, it takes 10,0000 hours to achieve greatness in any area. It’s a good book and theory but deals with exceptional people in their chosen field.
Have you spent that much time learning dressage? Probably not. By no means does this mean you can’t accomplish your goals. It doesn’t mean to give up on dressage. Instead, it is a means to keep moving forward and keep practicing! It takes time to become great at anything, not just dressage.
If you love horses and aren’t afraid of hard work, keep showing up!
One day everything will click. You’ll get it. You’ll be out there scoring over 70% on your dressage tests. You will be having fun and maybe even helping others reach their riding goals. You can inspire the next generation of riders to keep going.
Remember, hard work pays off. Don’t give up on your dreams, even when it seems impossible.
How do you stay motivated to keep pushing forward in your lessons?