I Think We Sometimes Forget!
When we have a frustrating day with our horse. Maybe when we didn’t do as well in a lesson as we had hoped. Or your horse misbehaved at a horse show (big disappointment).
We may question… why do we do this? Spend so much money on something that can be so frustrating? Something that can hurt it’s self on pretty much anything it touches. An animal that can give us the lowest lows, most frustration and cause us so many doubts and fears.
Admit It, You Know It’s True
We are all about being horse lovers and horse crazy and all that. Anyone that has spent any significant amount of time around horses has had those frustrating and disappointing days where we say to ourselves, “why the h**l do I do this”. There are lots of reasons we do. I would say the main reason being that when we are really connected with our horse and having a great day, the joy we feel is something that makes our heart happy in a way that nothing else can.
Seeing The World Through The Eyes Of A Child
I have heard this many times. In reference to a lot of different topics. These pictures of my nephew, Oliver, riding in his weekly riding lesson, say it all !
He Has A Great Time!
It doesn’t matter if Romeo tries to grab grass! It doesn’t matter if I have to tell him a zillion times to fix his stirrups and shorten his reins! He is trying his very best and having a great time doing it. Plain and simple. Ollie doesn’t have any expectations for himself or Romeo. He is just their to ride and it’s fun. At this age there is no over thinking things like us adults tend to do. Oliver isn’t hard on himself, even when I tell him he made a mistake or needs to change something. He just tries a little harder and keeps on smiling.
It Would Do Us All Good To Look At Riding And Horses Through The Eyes Of Children
Remember when you first started riding. Every new thing you learned was great and you enthusiastically stored it away to use at the next lesson. All the horses were beautiful! You didn’t know the difference between the correct diagonal and wrong one. Nobody had even mentioned canter leads to you yet. You just got on and rode! Tried your hardest to do what your instructor said and enjoyed yourself. You probably can look back on those days and feel pure joy remembering when horses were new and amazing.
Those feelings don’t have to and shouldn’t go away. Don’t lose sight of why you started riding in the first place!
Go Back In Time
When you are having a bad day with your horse, close your eyes and go back in time to when you were a horse crazy kid. It didn’t matter what your horse did. Or even which horse you rode. You loved it! Looked forward to it! Every tiny new skill was a big accomplishment!
Let’s not forget what drew us to horses in the first place! Even though we do have frustrating days here and there, it’s okay. They surely are out numbered by the days that our horses bring us joy and contentment!
One Of My Best Rides
One of my best rides ever in my life, just happened a week or so ago. I have just began riding again after my TBI. So I’m currently riding my old gelding Kemerton and just ambling around and working on my balance.
What made it one of my best rides ever is I finally got to ride with my nephew! From the day he was born, maybe even before he was born. I have looked forward to and dreamed about the day we could ride together, and it finally happened!