In riding, do we really learn from our mistakes? I asked myself this question today after having a great lesson. For 30+ years I’ve been riding a certain way (albeit with definite improvements along the way). These past two lessons I went from following PJ’s movement with my seat in a pendulum fashion to pushing with my seat in a half-pendulum way (see previous post). The difference in how PJ went was like night and day.
This is all good. Why I thought about the original question, was that I was really thinking if it would have been better if I had done the half-pendulum thing right from the beginning of my riding career? Or is it because I can tell wrong (old way) from right (new way) that it will actually make me a better rider? I have a better understanding of how my position influences the horse?
I don’t know. But I do know that I think PJ is much happier with me.