Feb 20, 2019
This week we are talking about muscle memory. I'm going to share my two different views on muscle memory and one way that you can fast-forward you're learning. Last week, I talked about muscle memory being different than your strength or fitness level.
I think people get confused about these concepts because, in the beginning, they both come together. When you are learning to ride a horse, you develop new muscles and new skills. In this episode, I am focusing on the muscle memory side of learning to ride.
[01:28] Muscle memory is a type of habit. An example of this would be when we learn to write.
[02:23] Repetition and putting enough time into riding is what's needed to form this type of muscle memory.
[03:01] You need to put in the time and the repetitions in order to create a feedback loop. Once you create a feedback loop, then you have something that you can modify.
[03:38] Repetition helps when you're trying to learn how to refine, hone, or sharpen a skill.
[04:07] A lot of riders are uncomfortable with asking the horses for a lot of repetition.
[06:26] Time plus repetition will create a feedback loop that you can modify.
[06:52] Experience muscle memory (where you feel something) is important because it will enable you to fast forward your learning with horses.
[08:10] Riding well trained horses can help with this.
[09:17] By riding a well-trained horse, you get a longer opportunity to feel the muscle memory when a horse does a maneuver correctly.
[10:36] When you know what it feels like in your body, you will better be able to reward a green horse when they do a correct maneuver briefly.
[10:49] I would be willing to pay more for a lesson on a well-trained horse.
[11:37] Training on a well-trained horse will help you have the awareness in your body to fast forward the training of your own personal horses.
[11:46] Embrace the idea of repetition.
[12:28] If you are taking lessons, ask to take a lesson on a well-trained horse.
[12:49] Just one lesson on a well-trained horse can put some really cool feelings into your body that will make it easier for you to translate that and transfer it over to your own horse.
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