Because riding can be difficult, persistence is also an important value. How can you deal with a sulky pony, one that doesn’t want to go or one that plays too hard, without sticking to the job no matter what? If you are able to stay focused on your goals, even when the going gets tough, you will be rewarded with a good performance and feel good about yourself and your pony in the end.
Finally, knowledge is essential to your success as a rider. You must know how to use your leg and body position to effect your pony in just the right way. You must understand your pony’s body language to know when he or she is happy or angry, tired or confused. You must also understand what you and your pony need to do to enjoy your trail ride, to have a good lesson, or to successfully negotiate a course or dressage test. Wear your Bad Pony® Pendant Necklace to help you focus on your goals of Patience, Persistence, and Knowledge. It will inspire a good ride, a ride that you can enjoy and feel proud of, and a ride that will help you to learn and grow.
Written by Dr. Nancy Bloom Clinical Psychologist, Competitor, and Trainer Specializing in Sport Psychology for Equestrians
Dr. Nancy Bloom has been a trainer, rider and competitor for over 35 years. She has earned numerous graduate degrees in the fields of education and psychology, the combination of which greatly influence and inspire her work. Dr. Bloom currently splits her time working as a trainer at Best Chance Farm in central New Jersey, seeing clients in her private psychology practice, and facilitating sport psychology and riding clinics.