I was binge watching a bunch of art lessons on Youtube for quite awhile now. I've been learning a lot of new things and I came across an interesting artist from New Zealand who wanted to improve his painting skills via his drawing skills. He explained that improving your drawing skills can help your painting ability. Going back to the basics in other words and improve those skills so they ripple through the more advanced work.
I actually watched a few artists and put together a couple of suggestions and I wanted to share them here. The information talks about hitting a plateau in our skills and I thought it aptly can apply to our horses endeavours.
The first artist, Andrew Tischler quoted a bestselling book by Malcolm Gladwell titled: "Outliers: The Story of Success". The idea is that mastery takes 10,000 hours of dedicated practise. It can seem daunting to hear that. But if you think about it, how many hours have your spent over your lifetime riding and working on your equestrian skills? It really adds up if you think about it. If you ask the best riders in your disciple what it took to get where they are, I'm sure they will say that they've been practising for many, many years. That's dedication!
Talent Is Overrated
Have you wanted to improve your riding? Are you stuck at your current level and just can't figure out why you can't advance?
Have you wanted to take up a new skill? Have you thought you could just get a well trained horse and with a few lessons you could be quite competent in your event?
Do you feel you're plateaued and want to compete at a higher level?
Well I think this next bit of information from another painter, though not about horses specifically, might help you.
This next artist Chuck Black, was explaining that we all start 'at the bottom of the totem pole' but through determined practise, hard work and determination, everyone can improve. I think in the horse industry, we know this well. I don't think any of us in the horse world would think otherwise. Oh sure, if you get a very well broke horse, someone can naively think they can cheat this process but we all know that doesn't work either. A well trained horse can make this process less arduous, and more fun, but we have to take the time to learn our craft.
I hope you find much success and fun in your horse pursuits!
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