Make a Real Difference

The following are study guide notes for Solo Schooling by Wendy Jago.  For non-equestrian subscribers, read these coaching/motivation notes with your non-riding goals in mind.  Substitute the horse for a coworker, family member, teammate, or your passion, sport, advocation, etc.

Triangulation- using 3 points of perspective

Triangulation- using 3 points of perspective

book study

Part 2: “Getting Started;” Chapter 4: “Triangulation”

P 50-51 EXPANDING THE COMPARATIVE PROCESS: Triangulation is a way to expand the comparative process using three points of reference to evaluate problems and progress.  With three points of reference, you can analyze which difference makes the real difference.  Triangulation provides valuable information to measure and evaluate strategies.

P 52-54  HOW TRIANGULATION WORKS: (Each situation below illustrates three different points of reference; compare the three points of reference to determine a course of action.)

  1. Working out where you are now in relation to your aims: point 1-how things are now; point 2- how you want things to be; point 3- the difference between pt 1 & 2 indicated by self-assessment, understanding, observer comments, outside events/conditions/etc.  COMPARE/DETERMINE A COURSE OF ACTION.
  2. Working out the difference that makes a difference: point 1- an experience that went well; point 2- a similar experience that went poorly; point 3- the difference between point 1 & 2  COMPARE/DETERMINE A COURSE OF ACTION.
  3. Assessing your progress toward your aims: point 1- your goal; point 2- how it used to be; point 3- your progress  COMPARE/DETERMINE A COURSE OF ACTION based on the difference and what still needs to be accomplished.
  4. Comparing the effectiveness of different strategies: point 1- issue or problem; point 2-effect of strategy A on problem; point 3-effect of strategy B on problem  COMPARE effectiveness of strategies
  5. Understanding how the same situation may be viewed by different participants from different perspectives: point 1- your perspective/1st position; point 2- your horse’s perspective/2nd position; point 3- objective observer/3rd position  COURSE OF ACTION: neither you nor your horse is right/wrong; find a way to harmonize.

P55-56  SENSORY SYSTEM CHECK  Gather information using the full range of senses, not just your preferred sense for interpreting your world.  Individuals think in unique ways, replaying or creating thoughts using their dominant or sensory mode.  Some individuals are visual learners; others rely on physical feelings, (kinesthetic), or auditory input.  Within each sensory mode, individuals rely on unique sub-modes.  Example: a kinesthetic learner may rely on a sense of pressure; another kinesthetic learner will rely on rhythm.  When triangulating, note which sensory mode you are using for input.  Note which perspective you are coming from, articulate details, note what happens if you change the sensory mode, the submode, and the perspective.  Gather as much information as possible to develop strategies for improvement.

P56-58 LOGICAL LEVEL CHECK  Verify assets & results through the following hierarchy.  Use logic levels as starting points to examine issues for triangulation.  Though it’s a hierarchy, all logic levels are equally important. Example: Rider problems can arise at the identity level, (top), if rider view self as failure.  Rephrase problem to one of capability or behavior.  Then determine a course of action to improve skills.  Logic levels allow rider to define a problem or goal, and/or determine steps toward progressive purposeful progress.

  • identity: (top of the pyramid)
  • beliefs & values
  • capability, (what you know & can do)
  • behaviors, (what & how you do)
  • environment, (external circumstances)

P58-59  SUMMARIZING THE PROCESS  Triangulation is a process for self-assessment.

1.  Action to map where you are in relation to

  • where you’re coming from
  • what you want and how you’re going to get there
  • how far you’ve come

2.  Relates three points, such as

  • self, (1st person)
  • other, (2nd person)


  • how you were
  • how you want to be
  • models of excellence
  • theoretical understanding

3.  Amplified and enriched by sensory system, (one or more of 5 senses)

4. Verified by logical levels

5.  Provides options for action and change

P 59-64  TRIANGULATION IN ACTION- WORKING WITH NIKKI G  The last section discusses Jago’s case study, coaching Nikki G.  Nikki’s goals were developed into a triangulation strategy:

  1. Nikki’s current riding style
  2. her style with added positional improvements
  3. her larger goal, (improved movement of her horse) which her positional improvements will aid

The discussion of this coaching session introduces the idea of chunking.  Chunking puts together information into various size filters to analyze goals, strategies, and progress.  Starting with a basic goal, one can chunk down to break these goals into smaller, achievable steps. Chunking up takes the basic goal to articulate the larger outcome.  In Nikki’s case, the basic goal is improved position in the saddle. She will chunk down to pinpoint how she can improve her position: (make her hands more equal, correct her lower leg position, and sit with a more upright posture.)  Chunking up gives her a vision of her ultimate outcome: a horse with expressive, fluid movement.  The discussion illustrates how they aligned the work to logic levels, to ensure a coherence of activity, purpose, and achievement.


One comment on “Make a Real Difference

  1. Lots of very good advice here and a lot to evaluate and think about, especially with all of the extenuating circumstances. Keep up the great advice for all of us humans and of course, all of the wonderful horses out there.

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