“This book has completely recharged and refocused me. It is simply brilliant. I now know for sure that we can do it! It took a while to get into the mind-set needed; it all seemed a little overwhelming, too much knowledge and not enough skill, I guess! But with the help of this book we are achieving little victories every single session. I am smiling and grinning all over the place.
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I am absolutely delighted with The Crystal System book review featured on Page 45 of the July 2016 Issue of Equine Magazine, they say … Continue reading Equine Magazine – July 2016
WINNER ANNOUNCED 14 April 2016
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Patricia – The Dressage Tipster
I was blown away by the review I received from Jessica of Gee Gee and Me. Reading this has made the whole experience worthwhile!
The Crystal System by Patricia Pitt, more famously known and bowed down to as; The Dressage Tipster is the writer of the thought provoking blog I have followed for many years, so when the opportunity arose to read and review her newly released book, to say I was excited would be an understatement! Those of you who follow Gee Gee and Me on Facebook will know how much I loved every page of the engaging read, I never picked it up without my notebook and pen by my side and it has more post-it’s sticking out, left, right and centre, than my favourite cook-book!
My nickname at the yard is “sponge” because I love to learn and have a genuine thirst for knowledge, as soon as The Crystal System arrived I declared “I can’t wait to get schooling tonight”…then I read page 7 and halted.
The Crystal System asks me (the reader) to read the book cover to cover before beginning my crystal clear journey…and this is what you will all embark upon when you read The Crystal System. Yes, it’s a book but my goodness it’s personal, I am competing, training and learning more than ever before in my equestrian career but have never undertaken such self evaluation until now. I’d almost call it, self help!
Recently I had a lesson with someone I have trained with for many years, the trainer is an acquired taste but one that has suited us in the past, due to finances I hadn’t been to a clinic in some months. The trainer paused the lesson after my first walk around the arena and changed everything about our picture, the “new and improved” position made a muscle in my back pull (as a pilates geek I was overly aware of this, therefore Oscar will have known my discomfort), I felt like a mannequin, unable to use my legs I asked for my whip, a-ha, couldn’t use my whip, doing so affected my hands, then guess what, they were wrong too. I got off in despair, the trainers comment ” that’s called riding”, well it sure didn’t feel like freedom, one of the main reasons I commit my entire life to my horse for!?
This session has played on my mind ever since because I consider myself a competent and knowledgeable rider, I am not afraid to ask why, I like to understand processes and ride to the best of my ability, taking notes and doing my homework in-between lessons, I felt like Patricia related to me in this first chapter and agreed, various methods and theories are good, but which is The One the follow? It is so very easy to get lost.
Chapter two moved onto our personal drive, page 15 has a post-it with a big hand drawn love heart, pointing to this sentence; I was surprised to learn that the vast majority of successful people feel like imposters from time to time; it’s actually a positive sign.
Oscar and I joined British Dressage in December as associates, warming up in my tweed hacking jacket I wear out hunting made me feel like the poor relation, the twice we have competed we’ve scored 60%+ and walked away with a third and second placing in very competitive classes…both times I have driven home wondering did I deserve this? I find self praise challenging and give myself a hard time for anything I do that in my opinion is less than perfect! Chapter two certainly helped me as it made these “faking it” feelings acceptable and not to dwell on them.
Chapter three was to dream…chapter two made dreaming a little easier, yes we did score 60%+ in our first two débuts!! And The Crystal System got my bottom into gear to read the British Dressage rule book 2016 and learn where Oscar and I could fit in that world. Had the chapter been titled Goal Setting, I’d have probably groaned and flicked past…I do enough of that in my 9-5, this is my hobby, I do it for fun, yes? The Crystal System is motivationally written throughout, avoiding any of these feelings.
Simplicity is the key to brilliance
This theme continues throughout the twelve incredible chapters! I work in a professional environment were appraisals are regularly conducted and SMART goals are set, yet my personal life is such a busy blur that I never made the time to sit down and assess my aspirations against reality, never mind put a crystal clear plan in place – maybe I was what I’d call in the office, a busy fool?!
The Crystal System includes templates to be used to our hearts content and because of the privacy – it is just me with a book, notepad and pen I felt encouraged to be really honest and transparent with myself and scribbled away…when prompted to put in order of priority, reality kicked in and I focused my energy on key areas, but it felt fabulous to address all the little things, even if they are priority number 574, Rome wasn’t built in a day
Here we have what is known as a WIN, WIN situation. If you live in the U.K. and have yet to invest in The Crystal System Book I have a very special offer for you on this Shrove Tuesday.
- My extremely generous sponsors, Blue Chip Feeds have given me 19 (I know a bit of a random number!) x £10 vouchers to give away with the next x 19 sales of The Crystal System Book.
- Their generosity must be catching because, I’ve had some coupon codes made up and if you enter the code TIPSTER10 (must be in capital letters) at checkout, you can get the book at a 10% discounted price of £19.66 inclusive of postage. A saving for you of £2.18
If you are one of the lucky 19 to get a £10.00 voucher, you can redeem it at any retailer who stocks Blue Chip Feeds for any of the products listed below. So, if you are a current Blue Chip user … great you’ll save £10 on your next purchase or looking at it another way you’ll get The Crystal System Book for the equivalent of £9.66
The first book review is in and they are coming thick and fast. I am absolutely delighted that Finnish born Roosa Rantanen of ‘Roosa’s Horsey Life‘ has given a huge thumbs up and recommends it to, well, everyone really!
Haynet blogger Roosa Rantanen recently was selected as competition winner to do a Book Review and was sent The Crystal System by 2014 Haynet Blogger of the Year, Patricia Pitt.
Here’s Roosa’s Book Review:
“Patricia Pitt is the amazing blogger known as The Dressage Tipster who from her blogging, her riding life experiences and learning journey has created the book The Crystal System. Thanks to Haynet and the wonderful Dressage Tipster I was given the opportunity to read the book over Christmas.
The Crystal System is a self-help system for riders, which aims to clear up some of the mysteries that often surround the ability to ride skilfully, with feel and with subtlety – but self-help is not to be taken negatively, for as Patricia points out in the book self help “is to use one’s own efforts and resources to achieve things without relying on others”. I’m sure many of us have felt the need to be always helped out by trainers who are more knowledgable that us, but this book encourages you to train yourself in order to improve.
Chapter 13 – Overcoming a Crisis
In this final chapter I talk about what to do if and when you hit a crisis.
On understanding the inevitable
“… The new habits you form are often very fragile and it is for this reason that you need to eliminate any source of resistance that may lead you astray. When the inevitable ‘curve ball’ is thrown into play, you need some strategies to deal with the unexpected. Truth be told, happiness is not the absence of problems, but having the ability to deal with them”.
On Competition Anxiety
CRYSTAL SYSTEM DRESSAGE – Chapter 12 – DO – Rider Focus Plan
So we move to the penultimate chapter of the book, pulling together all you have gleaned from previous chapters, this post gives you a few sample paragraphs, quotes, tips and illustrations that are included in Chapter 12 to see you if think it might be for you.
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellent then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle
“… Evaluation and re-evaluation and a systematic progressive plan will ensure that the inevitable recurring plateaus can be dealt with. You may feel unable to ride, you may feel like what you are trying to achieve is just not achievable. This will continue until you become secure and master the new way of working. Often riders get to thinking ‘it’s like learning to ride all over again’. In the long term, the cycle of breakthrough, plateau, re-evaluation will never end, no matter how accomplished you become.
However those ‘bad’ rides, after which you think that you will never learn to ride skilfully can and will be overcome if you continue to analyse and figure it out for yourself; no quick fix, no shortcut, no easy way – only diligent practice.”
Chapter 11 – Do – Suppling Your Horse
Snippets from Chapter 11 to give you a feel for what The Crystal System offers you.
“… The critical aim of the preliminary training phase is looseness and by this I mean relaxation of all of the joints and muscles. Only when your horse is supple can he create impulsion, be straight and have balance with a swinging back and self-carriage. Looseness is not achieved overnight, particularly if you have started with a horse that has a degree of stiffness anywhere in his body and/or legs. It will take a minimum of six weeks
of patient work for you to re-train any ‘bad’ muscle memory and a further six weeks for the muscle to develop and become strong. Laterally your horse should be able to bend his body from poll to just behind the saddle without falling in on the shoulder or swinging out the haunches. The only means you have for acquiring lateral suppleness in your horse is lateral bending.” Continue reading Crystal System Dressage – Chapter 11
Chapter 10 – Do – Influencing Your Horse
More snippets from The Crystal System Book …
“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm” – Winston Churchill
“Of course, everything we do influences our horse’s way of going and it is worth taking on board my primary message to you ‘If you get the right response when you ask correctly, it surely follows that if you get the wrong response, you may not be asking correctly”.
“… The novice or untrained horse (whatever the age) needs time to develop strength and flexibility to accomplish the desired ‘roundness.’ It’s important that every time you take a walk break, you should give a loose rein and let your horse adopt any frame he wants so that he can relax his muscles. The length of time you ask your horse to work ‘on the bit’ depends on the individual horse. Always consider his age, fitness, and temperament. Clearly, if you do too much and make your horse sore because he’s using his muscles differently, you’re not only going to have a sore horse, but also a horse that becomes quirky and resistant. So the trick with anything you do with a horse is to bring him up to the limit, and then take the pressure off. As soon as your horse shows signs of resistance because he’s either physically or mentally tired, back off. Build up day by day.