Originally Posted by MysterySparrow
THIS!! So true! My trainer told me many times, "if it doesn't hurt, you are probably not doing it right."
I had a pretty eventful ride on one of my trainer's horses the other day. He spooked and ran and ran and ran and ran. We were alone in the indoor, I tried a one rein stop multiple times, he just kept spinning, and after several attempts at using the wall to stop him, finally the wall and a relaxed leg calmed him down and we regained composure. He's a Welsh Cob, enough said? Anyway, after our ride, I was telling my trainer how badly my legs hurt and she said "no pain no gain!" Then made me answer the question "why do your legs hurt? You think it could be related to why he wouldn't stop?"
To be successful in any riding discipline, you HAVE to be willing to make mistakes, admit to them, and learn from them. Mistakes are a wonderful tool if you are willing to accept that you, like every one else, make them.