From a goat path to a highway
Every thought or movement in your body is created by the cells of your brain, called neurons. They are all connected by firing chemical signs to each other. So everything you think, do or feel, is a neural circuit of firing neurons.
The circuits aren’t that strong in the beginning. You can compare it with a goat path in the mountains. But once you start with thinking a certain thought more often of you do a specific activity again and again, your goat path will start to grow. The more you repeat, the bigger it gets. Eventually your goat path turns into a highway and your neural circuit became stronger.
The next step is getting your highway asphalted. Myelin will do that. Every time you use a certain neural circuit, the layer of myelin becomes thicker. This explains why you often have the same thoughts or react every time in a similar way. You’ve developed an asphalted highway in your brain.
All the thought you have or the movements you make during a training, if they’re helpful or not, are there because myelin has isolated them in your brain. Are you quickly annoyed at your horse? Myelin. Are you a patient rider? Guess what: myelin.
6 tips to asphalt new highways
So through time all the habits you have with riding are programmed in your brain. But, like I said earlier, your brain can be made. The program can be adjusted. It’s possible to tear down the highway and make a new, better one.
Since you now know some basics about your brain, I’ll give you 6 tips to get started.