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Do you prefer the training or the competing/showing of our sport? Why? I know I am not a huge fan of showing, but that’s just me!
I don't show at all, that's definitely because I don't like lots of people watching me and I'm not good with handeling pressure. I think training is the part where you build things up. You don't only learn your horse (and yourself) a lot new stuff, but training is the part where you really get to know each other. 9/10 of the time the training does not go well because horse and rider are developing, but every training is a step forward. I don't feel that with competitions at all...
I have a horse that has difficulties with creating muscles behind. Do you have any tips on how to improve that? Thanks
Pole trotting is a great way to activate the behind. And I always tell everybody to work on tempo changes. Example: if you ride in a 20x60 arena, make a tempo change every 5 to 7 meters (not only trot-canter, but also trot-medium trot) Or every 6 steps the horse makes. Build this way of training up. Don't just do it for 40 minutes straight, your horse will not gain muscle in the correct way!
What are your tips on staying focused when riding without trainer and/or when alone?
Like Anna said, have a week plan. Start the training with a goal. Personally while training music helps me a lot to keep it going instead of quitting after 25 minutes (which is fine, but a serious training takes longer most of the time)
Can you tell me a brand for customized saddle pads?
Rosa collection, equiline