It's just some random clip from an "Eventing with the Stars" clinic with Boyd and Phillip, and the clip itself seems focused primarily on Phillip's horse, Sea of Clouds, rather than on the actual clinic. All the same tho, it's worth a watch.
|phillip dutton doin his thang. |
notable: this horse is barely half charlie's age lol
In fact, at the end of this video, after Phillip and Boyd have gone through discussing strategies for warming up for cross country, and showing some example introductions to ditch questions, the video ends with Phillip expounding on basically that same concept, by explaining his theories on horse training more generally.
Specifically, he notes that it's important to keep pushing things a little bit, to make it a little harder each time, but to always know that you can do it. To not ever do something where you're half-hearted, or unsure you can do it.
Whatever you start, you want to be able to get the horse through it. It's not always going to be perfect, but try and set yourself up so you can succeed every time you do it.
|boyd martin dispenses his wisdom too|
The part that struck me the most, tho, was when Phillip pointed out that even if you've got the most gifted kid in school, there's no sense in skipping grades.
At some stage, at the highest level, if you've missed something in your training it's going to show up. There's no sense moving up until you've fixed your training, because otherwise it'll show up at the next level. So you might as well get the training done before moving up.
|not moving up any time soon |
In the meantime tho, I'm just gonna sit here and pretend that Charlie kiiiiinda sorta looks like Sea of Clouds if you close one eye and squint lol. What do you think? Do you agree with Phillip's thoughts on skills development v moving up? Or does it depend on what levels we're talking about (meaning, at the lowest levels there's less of a skills gap from one to the next, vs at the higher levels)?