You do not have to be a super athlete to ride well. And you do not have to be a genius to train a horse well, either.
There are some very successful horsemen who are short and fat with no more athletic ability or brain power than the next guy.
So, what sets these successful horsemen apart?
A strong desire to succeed and an acute awareness of what they are doing.
The big “success factor” here is the awareness of what they are doing and the ability to change when they discover they’re doing something wrong.
This “awareness and ability to change” is so important it can’t be stressed enough.