I recognised how much less I hear or take in when I am absorbed in trying to do an exercise with my horse and how much more I understand from observing the exercise repeated, corrected and explained in different ways as students practise and are corrected.
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We cannot avoid every nerve on the horse's face, but we can increase our awareness, be mindful of the bridle we select and its placement, and educate ourselves on the correct fit for enhanced comfort. With no consideration of this, the horses' welfare will indeed be compromised.