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Excerpt from R. A. School of Equitation, India: Notes for the Use of Officers and N. C. O's
If you do not aim at a high standard, you will certainly achieve a low one. Under-estimate (2) because it is far quicker in the end to begin at a point where the pupils find what they are learning is well within their power than to begin with something that is too advanced and find that you have to go back and begin again.
For instance it may spoil the confidence of both man and horse to tell them to jump a 3' 6 fence, when one or other or both have never before jumped anything bigger than 2 feet.
Under-estimate 2) because endless unforeseen events always crop up to shorten the time at your disposal. If your under-estimation proves wrong, so much the better. Under-estimate (3) for the same reason. Jumps and mate 'rial cost money, and fatigue parties are hard to get. Both have a habit of not being forthcoming when wanted.
Having got these four points settled, draw up your syllabus in detail. Make it progressive day by day and week by week, leading up to the final standard. Lay down intermediate standards which you think ought to be reached after a certain number of lessons. This will give you something to go by in estimating progress. Remem ber to allow plenty of time for making certain of a good standard in the elementary work. You must have a good foundation before you go on to advanced work. Do not be in a hurry to see your ride jumping big fences. If you begin jumping big fences too soon you will spoil the confidence of the men and the mouths and confidence of the horses.
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