Training Behind Closed Doors

Dale Forbes

Re Training Behind Closed Doors:

This thought is related to the post on clinics.  https://dressagesnob.wordpress.com/2013/02/18/to-clinic-or-not-to-clinic/

Herr Schultheis had the reputation for having closed doors on his training.

Later in life, the slender and elegant Herr R. Klimke is said to have conjectured,

“If I had such a figure I would close the doors as well!”

Though very funny, this was not Schultheis’ reason.

His reason was closer to practicality.  Many excellent riders and horses have problems.  Many professionals have students and reputations.  Many horses have owners with a lot of money invested.  Sometimes riders trying something new are shy, and it helps to be alone.  (Yes, I know they should get over that.  It’s on the list!)

And in all cases the problems exhibited might be momentary–a blip on the training radar.

But problems presented out of context will live in every auditor’s memory to eternity–and possibly on U-Tube for far longer than that!

So, even if you can get beyond the fact that you never ride or school quite as effectively with an audience (grandstanding is not training), and especially if time is limited, frank questions and answers need to be put forth. And should be.

Nobody is “hiding” anything by asking for privacy.  Privacy should be a right.   Are you hiding things when you engage: a counselor?  a doctor?  a lawyer?   Probably not.

And do you have your yearly physical in the bus station, or the lunch room of your work place?

How come?

Privacy breeds openness, trust and confidence between the coach and the rider.  Nothing more, nothing less.

In places where there is a real economy in horses this is taken for granted.

(And not taking it into account makes developing a real, serious, horse economy far-fetched.)

There is also a story that the tall and trim Klimke said his doors were always open.  That’s true too.  I went several times with Christine Doan, and he was very, very charming.  Great fun to watch him ride.  Very elegant and beautiful.  A large race track outside his home. But in the indoor I always missed a bit of what he was doing–even when I watched carefully.

Christine helped me out here, explaining, “He’s a magician.”

Adding, “and you are not always here.”

Nothing devious–but why SHOULD he show his methods to all?  That’s not a magician’s job.

Frau and Herr Theodorescu had a sheep herder’s wagon sidled up to a small sliding window pointed down the center of the indoor. (You could see the middle of the school–not the edges.) Guests were invited to sit there.

In my hearing,  some English visitors asked,  peering through the window, “Could we have a ride?”

The answer from Mrs Senior was priceless: “No.  We do it differently here–you would be stiff and frightened!”

Yes, barns do it differently, and that’s the range–but if you don’t have much time, it is good to get on with the exam!

One thought on “Training Behind Closed Doors

  1. I’m afraid if I had my yearly physical in the bus station, or the lunch room of my work place
    Herr R. Klimke would have quite a long statement. I really enjoy and find it quite intertaining reading your blogs.

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