When riders start a new method, then – after practicing the basics a few times – they often say that “their horse gets bored“.
Now, most of the time it’s a projection of our own ‘boredom’;
When we are only practicing the ‘names’ of the exercise and not really the ‘essence’, that might lead to loss of interest.
Or when we are only concentrating on the WHAT of an exercise and not on the WHY, that might also lead to a ‘dull’ training.
Boredom also arises if we start to compare with yesterday. When we start to expect: when we stop having an open mind for all the tiny details, when we stop being just curious and interested in what happens, when we stop having a beginner’s mind, when we stop appreciating.
The #1 problem most riders have is that they think “you’re not supposed to have any problems”. But the problem isn’t that there are problems. The problem is expecting otherwise and thinking that having problems is a problem. The only problem we really have is we think we’re not supposed to have problems 😉
Riders want to have no problems in their lives as a horse trainer, but don’t realize that if this was the case they wouldn’t grow or become stronger. Remember, the path of resistance will always make you grow. Without problems we would not grow.