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Carl Hester: I’m more motivated without shows *H&H Plus*

Opinion

Has anyone else noticed that their horses are going much better with no competition plans in sight?

Many people, myself included, have felt this rather strange phenomenon, which surely goes to show how much stress we all tend to put ourselves and our horses under during our “normal” competitive lives. Is it that we don’t want to make a mistake, so we drill too hard when schooling, or could it be that we’re just more patient at the moment, so schooling is more enjoyable and less hard work?

Some may feel that a lack of competition equals lack of aim, but I feel the opposite – I’m more motivated, as riding has become a pleasure, a gift in these times. My heart goes out to all those who have not been able to enjoy horses and riding during lockdown.