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#TBT: 10 Crazy Analogies Instructors Make

Has your instructor ever tried to explain something in a way that seems totally insane, but then kind of sort of makes sense? Yep, ours too.

Riding instructors have a difficult task on their hands—how can you possibly explain in words how to develop your feel, when a student is bouncing around like a sack of potatoes? With awesome analogies, that’s how. We’ve collected a few old standbys…plus some more creative ones you may not have heard.

Squeeze like a tube of toothpaste!

kick on
Nico Morgan Photography

Put your ears behind your shoulders.

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flickr

Get those back legs moving! Fluff him up!


Three—The Pony

Ladies, point your headlights where you want to go.

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Candle Power Forums

Imagine a thread is pulling you up to the sky.

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Boise Pony Club

Imagine there’s a triangle between your shoulders pointing down to the saddle.

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Hong Kong Jockey Club

Imagine someone cracked an egg on your head.

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SusanJStickle.com

Shoulders like a princess, hips like a harlot.

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Favim

Open your chest.

Surgeon
realitypod.com

Point your hips like laser beams where you want to go.

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Design-Crisis

It’s no wonder we still need lessons.

What’s the strangest way your instructor has ever tried to explain something? Did it work?

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