Sometimes the training of your horse doesn't turn out as you've expected.
Your plan doesn't equal reality.
Then it is easy just to quit, give up and ignore the hard work you have put into your horses' schooling.
But you could think of a 'setback' like this:
You can compare straightness training with a pyramid.
Some riders go like a rocket in the beginning, and the rough contours of all exercises are quickly visible, but then the bottom of the pyramid is not wide.
Then when something goes 'wrong' in the more advanced exercises, we often need to fully return to the base.
You have to go back (or otherwise something makes you fall down) because there is something down there that you are supposed to find and to add to your skills and experience.
The base must first be made wider and then you can rebuild the exercises with more quality.
In time the pyramid gets wider and wider at the bottom, it will always have a solid foundation on which you can rely! You can always fall back on this solid foundation.
So don't worry if you experience a lack of progress, enjoy your "plateau", embrace your "set back" and see it as an opportunity to refind what you've lost or to widen, broaden and deepen your fundamentals.
And if you fall down.... be curious! Replace fear with curiosity and seek what the old masters sought, seek for more details, a deeper essence, search for the lesson!
And remember: The real refinement of the exercises takes a lot of time, patience, feeling, persistence and dedication..... and actually.... it will take a lifetime!
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