Most people who ride horses have frequent riding lessons or training sessions with a riding instructor or coach. The teachers and trainers who take these sessions often have their own way of explaining things and, if they are a frequent trainer of the rider in question, can sometimes be pretty succinct (and often quite amusing) in their assessment of the overall picture between horse and rider. Here, we round up (anonymously) a few of our favourite things that our trainers have said over time (that are publishable)…

1. “I was once told to sing out loud during a lesson to encourage me to breathe — I nearly died of embarrassment”

2. “My mum is a riding teacher and has said many a time to a slightly hormonal pre-teen Pony Clubber:

Teacher: Do you want to do this?
Kid: Yeah
Teacher: Well tell your face that…”