Holding on is holding on smart riders make it easy by having something easy to grab when needed!! LOL sorry couldn't resist, :o)
And I admire people with the guts to run across country sitting on a postage stamp, and jumping fences If I was going to do that I think I would just cut the horn off my western saddle :o)
Now THIS I can relate to and dearly love doing! Flinging yourself off a galloping horse to spear tackle an equally fast moving calf before wrestling it to the ground, phew that takes more guts in my books!
What is our goal when we are training a horse?
Anyone have a different way of explaining their end goal of training?
Sorry, I deleted your description, I did read it though, and quite liked it
Personally I have a slightly different approach, for me there is no 'end' or single goal, as training is a continuum. It is always 'what can I do next?' Whether it is faster, higher, more refined, that is the way I look at things.
For example, I started off working racehorses and graduated to track work when I was 16. At the time I was under direction of a trainer(s) but training to me meant how much fitter
can I get a horse, how much faster
can I get a horse, how quickly
can I take a 2yo from being unbroken to being started in the gates for the trainer? But the end was never reached, as new goals are created by the realisation of existing goals.
The racing industry soured me somewhat and I turned my attention to the other side of racing - taking TB's after they had finished their racing career. I started competing (Showjumping) and it was all about how much more accurately
can I ride a course, how much higher
can I jump, but again, an end was never reached, only new goals created.
Then, a new SJ coach insisted on a certain dressage proficiency to take on students so off I went to learn dressage (probably about 19 or 20 by this stage) and it was all about how much more supple
could my horse be.
I ended up eventing for years and found that elements of all three major influences of my experience with horse training were combined in the dicipline, I LOVED my time eventing! But again, training was never finished, ever.
These days I just have the one horse, a TB mare and we are in the dressage phase ha! No doubt we will go through a similar cycle as I have with horses in the past although her path will be slightly different to any of the others that came before her. Even if we were to make it to the Olympics (laughable, using as an example only) her training would never be finished in my eyes until the day she is retired
So for me, no end goal. More like "what can I do with this horse NEXT?"
You also made me realize something else I should have said in this series of posts, the only judge of what people do with your horses and their progress that matters is themselves!
Anyone that is happy with their results or their horses progress is a happy horse owner. :o) When we try to please others or try to learn how to please a judge for competition we sometimes set ourselves up for frustration but that is a totally different topic, :o)
I understand your point but IMO this is a slightly insular way of looking at things. I think it is good to have an outside perspective on progress, a pair of eyes that can give a judgement objectively as we are human and subject to human imperfections. Having rose coloured glasses from time to time can be one of those imperfections
Of course, we shouldn't do anything in life solely to please others but sometimes having an outside expectation of our performance is a good motivating force. JMO.