Horse riding is more then a sport, it is a life metaphor.
It would help you realize that you won’t go far if you don’t become a whole with your partner, in a real partnership in which the horse holds strenth and the rider holds will.
The horse is so much respected as the rider’s gestures are not considered orders but aids.
Horse riding teaches you to be firm in expressing your will as your body has to communicate it without hesitation.
You have to think before you ask. The useless amount of words we use in everyday life must be put aside as you have to convey your will firmly.
Half ton of galloping muscles cannot allow indecisions or afterthoughts.
The rider cannot be afraid of making mistakes anyhow. The horse is so much precisely connected to the rider’s mind that he feels any single hesitation. You can think that this described above is the metaphor of leadership.
In horse riding the obsatcole jump requires more discipline as this activity is more risky.
In addition to what has been said above about riding on ground level, the rider has to lead the whole over the hoppers he would meet on his path.
In order to do that, he will have to direct his gaze far beyond the barrier. Towards the orizon.
It often happens that the rider fixes his attention on the obstacole itself instead of looking over the barrier.
This involves the horse to refuse to jump and the consequences can be quite painful.
The horse attention has to be kept constantly alerted. Some voice calls or some touches of riding crop can be needed but,above all, the horse will appreciate some rewards as careresses. Better if you bestow them only after the horse has well behaved.
Horse riding teaches you that you can fall over but you can stand up and climbe up on the saddle again. This helps you in understanding how and when you made a mistake.
This shouldn’t absolutely be experienced as a problem.
But as a natural evolution towards the awereness of one’s limits and possibilities.
I learnt to walk keeping my back straight and my head up as a rider’s attidude must convey a feeling of balance and it cannot be perceived only as a useless burden.