01-27-2010, 10:07 PM
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Wow smrobs. I've been meaning to read this since you first posted it but haven't found the time until now. I just want to say that you're incredible and inspirational. =]
I'm not sure if there's anyone on this forum who can disagree and give a logical explanation to prove it.
I had an instructor who, quite honestly, did not push me very hard, and while in her class, I always felt stuck, like I was watching the same episode of a TV show over and over. Oddly enough, she always talked about your comfort, your learning zone, and your too-much zone, and that if you stay in your comfort zone or get into your too-much zone, you'll never get anywhere. Problem was my too-much zone was lightyears ahead of my class, haha. But the logic behind her theory, and yours as they are very similar, is just astounding, and I'm amazed that more people haven't realized it. If you go for a jog, and stop jogging before you get out of breath, what have you accomplished? Nothing. My friend and I, when we were allowed to school the barn's horses by ourselves, judged our rides on sweat, and where it was.
I may not be able to find the line on any horse, but I am fairly certain I know exactly where Ricci's is, and I can ride her at just a walk and bareback, and still push her to the max with bending and collecting and being supple. And yes, she breaks a sweat. =] You don't need to run a horse for hours to make it work.
Thanks very much for posting, you've got my mind a-turnin' thinking about my yearling. Don't be surprised if you get a PM from me in the near future asking something. =]