Get Right Back on That Horse!

“You have to get right back on.”  Every horse rider has heard that phrase, if not said to themselves, they have heard it said to someone else who has just fallen off a horse.

In terms of fear its may be a good philosophy, but, and this is a big but, if you are getting right back on and have not changed something then the chances of repeating the same mistake again are quite high.goes

Instead of getting right back, or continuing with training, on when something goes wrong, we need to stop, assess what just happened, try to understand why it happened, remind ourselves that “the horse is always right” and their reaction was feedback to us, work out what we need to do to; change the question we asked of the learner or, clarify the question and assess if the answer was ‘no’ or ‘not right now’.

A ‘not right now’ response may mean your learner is missing a piece of the puzzle they need to be able to answer your current question.  Its a way of finding gaps in knowledge and physical strength.

A ‘no’ answer may mean your learner really doesn’t enjoy  what you are asking them to do.  That may be for physical or emotional reasons and it’s important to spend time understanding what the reason is.

Don’t just get right back on the horse, stop, think and work out what you need to do differently to make sure you don’t repeat the same thing again expecting a different outcome than you had before.



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