Simon and I have a well established routine this time of year, and by well established… I mean this is what we did last year: work hard all year to horse show, go horse show, end on a high note, pretty much ignore Simon until after new years… and then start all over when he’s sound again.
See, I have plenty of drive and motivation when the shows are looming… but after our year end show ribbons and debut at the 2’6″ I was feeling a little full of myself.
Also, I’m kind of obsessed with Christmas. All the fun things happen in December, and for pretty much the only time of the year… these fun things don’t usually include horses for me.
I didn’t ride my horse at all during the week of Thanksgiving until my trainer texted me asking if I was lessoning on Sunday. I like lessons, so I hacked Saturday and showed up Sunday to jump. Yay jumping!
After the lesson, my trainer inquired my further lessons plans for the week to which I replied “meh” and said we were going to take it easy this winter.
We don’t want to lose all our progress and have to start over next year, do we? There is a difference in the horse that’s ridden purposely instead of half hazardly.
And… she’s right.
No winter vacation for me. Although we are taking it slightly easier, there are still lessons and flat rides and counter cantering. I can’t sit at home and bake every night.
I will admit… finding my motivation has been a little bit of a struggle bus.
Simon isn’t so thrilled either, because our weak area is still flatting and that means lots of bending, backing, rounding, lateral work, counter canter, and lead changes.
All this hard work will pay off in the end though, even if I’m not so enthused about it right now. The more Simon works the sounder he stays, and it is pretty obvious that starting over after a month break is going to put us further behind than if we never stopped.
I’m just going to have to crank out my Christmas activities around the riding time this year! How do you stay motivated to go to the barn during the winter?