Riemer: Like Pat [Parelli] said, you have to be humble enough and open enough to say, ‘Okay, up until here that’s all I know. I don’t know what to do. I just need help.’
There is always someone smarter than you, who has experience that you don’t have. And it doesn’t have to be an Olympic rider. It can be an international groom, who might say, ‘Well, usually this is how the horse likes to be warmed up. But today you did it like this.’ It doesn’t have to be a rider in your discipline. Pat [Parelli] has fixed something I couldn’t. And maybe the dressage rider tells the show jumper how to achieve straightness. You always have to be open.
Egos have to be checked – at every barn door, there should be a little stand, like one you put your umbrellas in, with some hooks where you go in, you check your ego in and then you go to your horse. Otherwise, you’re going to have your humble pie.
Corcoran: I would totally agree with everything that Ronny just said. One thing for sure, if you’re getting in a rut, it’s so important to take your emotions out of it all and to step back. Be humble, leave your ego at the door and take a breath. Then ask the questions. Ask a friend. Ask somebody that you admire, a confidante, a mentor, or whomever.