I am sure that most people who read my blog posts know that I am not trying to present myself as a fabulous rider who knows it all. Far from it.
I recently received a lengthy comment from someone who said they wanted to offer some “constructive criticism”. The comment was a paragraph detailing all the various elements of what was wrong with my position, what was wrong with my application of the aids, and why I was not able to sit the trot. This person’s opinion is that most of my body is in the wrong position or doing the wrong things. Some of the observations were not incorrect. I do have problems sitting the trot gracefully. I have never pretended otherwise.
This person does not know me nor do they know my horse. They did not specify if they are a coach or trainer themselves or what level they ride at.
So let me be clear.
1. I post videos of my lessons with Belinda Trussell not because I think I look so terrific but it is a chance for other riders to have the benefit of Belinda’s coaching tips. She is after all a two time Olympian for Canada. I think also it may be interesting for other riders to see how I am struggling with something and how Belinda helps me.
2. I am turning 71 years old next week and I have had a history of serious health issues and surgeries. I think I am doing my best, all things considered , to be riding and competing at an FEI level.
3. I accept constructive criticism from my coach. This is a person I trust and who knows me and knows my horse.
4. Some of the things mentioned in the comment by the person, who is unknown to me, were fairly insulting and would have been insulting to any rider. That may not have been the intention. But considering what was said it is hard to think otherwise.
I have always appreciated the comments from all the WordPress Bloggers who follow my blog. I have always found their comments to be full of respect for me and for my horse. But for critiques of my riding I will stick to listening to my coach.