The list is long, but every wrong turn led to more understanding and a deeper knowledge of training methods and equine behavior. Most of my mistakes were truly a lack of understanding. As time has gone on my whole concept of riding and training has completely changed. Whenever I run into trouble now the first place I look is to myself. Have I over faced the horse? Are the building blocks in place to ask for the harder step? Are my biomechanics correct or do they need tuning?
I now truly believe that the average, uncomplicated horse is a clear reflection of the rider/trainer's methods and biomechanics. End sum. Humbling isn't it?