My first impression of horse riding when I started to learn back in 2014 was how bloody slow it all was. For months, all I did was walk and trot. I thought I’d be well on my way to cantering by then. Instead, I felt mired in the minutiae of technique.
As I became a better rider, however, I realised that it wasn’t minutiae at all but a fundamental part of learning. It’s said that the best riders look like they’re not doing anything at all and that’s certainly true. I was being taught a multitude of tiny things – slowly and carefully – so that one day, I might call myself a horseman.
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