8/ FEBRUARY 2020 THE RIDER MY SPIN: The first artist, Andrew Tischler

quoted a bestselling book by Malcolm Gladwell titled: “Outliers: The Story of Success”. The idea is that mastery takes 10,000 hours of dedicated practise. It can seem daunting to hear that. But if you think about it, how many hours have your spent over your lifetime riding and working on your equestrian skills? It really adds up if you think about it. If you ask the best riders in your disciple what it took to get where they are, I’m sure they will say that they’ve been practising for many, many years. That’s dedication!

Talent Is Overrated Have you wanted to improve your riding? Are

you stuck at your current level and just can’t figure out why you can’t advance? Have you wanted to take up a new skill? Have

By Susan Dahl. I was binge watching a bunch of art

lessons on Youtube for quite awhile now. I’ve been learning a lot of new things and I came across an interesting artist from New Zealand who wanted to improve his painting skills via his drawing skills. He explained that improving your drawing skills can help your painting ability. Going back to the basics in other words and im- prove those skills so they ripple through the more advanced work. I actually watched a few artists and

put together a couple of suggestions and I wanted to share them here. The informa- tion talks about hitting a plateau in our skills and I thought it aptly can apply to our horses endeavours. 10,000 Hours

you thought you could just get a well trained horse and with a few lessons you could be quite competent in your event? Do you feel you’re plateaued and want to com- pete at a higher level? Well I think this next bit of information from

another painter, though not about horses specifically, might help you. This next artist Chuck Black, was explaining

that we all start ‘at the bottom of the totem pole’ but through determined practise, hard work and determi- nation, everyone can improve. I think in the horse in- dustry, we know this well. I don’t think any of us in the horse world would think otherwise. Oh sure, if you get a very well broke horse, some- one can naively think they can cheat this process but we all know that doesn’t work either. A well trained horse can make this process less arduous, and more fun, but we have to take the time to learn our craft.

Talent is Overrated I hope you find much success and fun in your facebook, horse pursuits!

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About Susan Dahl Susan Dahl, ORHA/NRHA past multiple champion, writer, blogger, author and cli- nician, retired certified profes- sional horse trainer. Owner of Foundation Reining Training Centre in Durham, ON. She specializes in effective horse- manship, and reining. For more information on her serv- ices: judging, clinics or resale horses, please contact her on

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