My feeling in numbers
I am John, I am a coach of competition riders. I want to pass on knowledge to other riders. Sometimes I feel like I'm failing as a coach and that I'm talking to a brick wall. Many of them are doing well and accept my directions. But in some cases, I can give instructions a thousand times but it doesn't get through to them. I get tired of them not understanding me.
My goal is to improve the harmony between horse and rider. In my opinion, better harmony between rider and horse leads to better performance.
Through my many years of experience, I feel that I am doing it the right way. Yet I wonder why I can't get through to all my students. I am their coach and I want to teach them things.
I always say: “More pressure on the outside rein!". Then they reply that they do, but I don't see any change in the horse. I was wondering how `i could make that clear to them. I keep repeating but it doesn't seem to come in. Now I use the IPOS app to measure the rein pressure. This app displays the rein pressure from left and right live. I use the app during my lessons. I can now show them exactly that the pressure between left and right is different. Now when I tell them to keep the pressure on the outside rein, I can check it and show it in the app. It helps me to make my riders aware of their imbalance.
They will keep it up for a while during the lesson, but after two rounds they fall back anyway, luckily I can see this straight away on the app. Then I call:” outside rein “ again and I show the image again. I notice that it is difficult to suddenly change their old habits for my students. Still, I don’t have to repeat as often than without the app. I have the idea that it is now clearer to my students. I also see that the horse will perform better and that is what we do it for.
I have the feeling that they find driving with the app and sensors a nice addition. I even have new customers who come especially for it. After a week of training at home, they return to their old pattern and we have to repeat the exercises for a few weeks. Ideally, they will also continue to check their feelings at home. To do it right, they should drive the sensors every workout.