Some people I had to pay a lot of money to (the bullshit tax), while others were happy to sit down and talk just because of the passion I displayed.
Finally, I started to understand. I got real answers. And this was not from people trying to sell me a horse, or keep me coming back for yet more lessons. It was from independent experts in their fields, with information delivered in lectures, or even sometimes debate-style discussion.
Riders in our sport (including me at times), hear so many instructions and options. But very seldom do we question, or use critical thinking, to decide if this is useful information.
Instead, we tend to grab onto someone or some style and do EVERYTHING they say.
Everything… without our own understanding of WHY we are actually doing it.
We do this until we fail. Often not once, but for years and years. Then what happens? We move to the next “god” and blame the last one for all our failures.
I was in that cycle. But I managed to pull myself out. How did I do this? By asking WHY (a lot!!!!! ) until I had a working knowledge of the sport I was striving to succeed in.