THE first article in this series looked at rider responsibilities and by devoting time into the development of responses, they can be relied on in later training.

The old maxim “practice makes perfect” can be substituted for the more realistic “Practice makes permanent.” As we look to elite athletes in our sport we should notice that they do not move forward until work is well established. Like these top riders we need to rely on the help of knowledgeable experienced eyes on the ground to help with a broad view of horse and rider requirements.