The Comfort Zone
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Sharon specializes in bringing horses to the FEI levels, but she is adamant about not pushing horses beyond their ‘comfort zone’.
“All horses have a place where they’re comfortable working and if you can put all the Grand Prix work on a horse, that’s nice, but maybe they shouldn’t be out campaigning at Grand Prix,” Sharon explains. “It’s too tough on them physically or mentally. I like to let the horses dictate where they’re happiest working.”
As a professional who owns her own mounts, at some point Sharon has to sell them, but her adherence to her comfort zone philosophy influences sales. “You can’t keep them all – so a nice fulfillment is that you find the right rider for that horse,” Sharon relates. “And that horse can help that rider get better. It’s a happy ending – the horses are happy because they’re sold to someone who’s going to work them at the level that they’re comfortable, and the riders are happy because they have a horse that’s really comfortable doing what the riders want to do.”