Don't 'Richard Gere' Your Horse
A Few Thoughts on Feel and Timing
We all remember that scene in An Officer and a Gentleman: Sargent Foley/Lou Gossett Jr. is screaming at Zack Mayo/Richard Gere, trying to get him to DOR (drop out) of Navy Flight School.
Foley: I want your DOR!
Mayo: I ain’t gonna quit!
Foley: You can forget it, you’re out!
Mayo: Don’t you do it – don’t! . . . . I got nowhere else to go!
So here’s the corollary to horse training: if we start out at the highest level of pressure, and the horse doesn’t respond the way we want him to . . .
. . . . we got nowhere else to go!
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