A RECENT conversation with a client included the mention of a book called Shortcuts to Success, a revision tool her school-going daughter was employing in preparation for her exams.

A knowing chuckle escaped me at this juncture, as I wished aloud for such a ready-made prescription for success in the horse world. Imagine cliff-notes to ensure the perfect clear show jumping; bespoke tutorials to garner the elusive dressage 10s, and a two-page essay ensuring cross-country stardom! Would we not all go back to school for the promise of such effortless glory? “Teacher, teacher… pick me.”