With future FEI horses, the six years of dreaming of how good they’ll be is spent doing boring but crucial development work. Photo by Sara Lieser.

As my students all can attest, I’ve been geeking out all week about an article featuring nuggets of wisdom from Carl Hester. I’ve been so stoked about it because a) he’s awesome, and b) so, so many of the things he highlights in the article are things that I believe in, and preach to my own students.

He’s also got a great way of putting some really wonderful but complicated things about horse training. One of my favorites from the piece is that when it comes to training a young horse from the beginning of his career to Grand Prix, you’ve got six years of dreams.

Read the rest of this blog on the Chronicle of the Horse!