In general, I’m a forward thinker. The next big thing. The next challenge. Up up. Forward. It’s rare for me not to have a goal, and I’m not always the most patient person getting to that goal.
But patience is one of the most important aspects of riding.
Jumping ahead is a problem I have with my equitation, and my psyche when it comes to Simon. Sometimes I want to run before we can walk, and that’s pretty detrimental to riding. However, going to the show displayed some of the “walking” that we need to work on. Now in the sleepy haze of a hot Texas summer, we’re doing some “walking” while others are gearing up for summer circuit.
Even though I’d love to be going to summer circuit (3 3-day shows 3 weeks apart), it’s kind of nice to be going at a slow and steady pace. I’m keeping up with lessons and training rides, and am noticing improvement in both myself and Simon without being stressed about it. It’s giving me some breathing room to accomplish some financial goals, and plus I don’t have to try and wear show clothes in 100+ degrees! That’s always a plus.
So even though I’m not upping division heights and getting changes left and right, I’m happily pulling off some decent trot circles and trying to facilitate a relaxed, listening horse 100% of the time. It’s a challenge with my over achieving OTTB, but I’m so lucky to have him.
These pictures were taken last Sunday at our lesson (I loooooove Sunday lessons!) and even though I could get nit picky about myself and my horse, I’m really pleased to see one thing – I’m not jumping ahead so bad. My trainer constantly tells me to sit up and wait, and I’m starting to listen. Who knew!
I must be hearing it so much, that I’m starting to sit up and wait for some other stuff in life too. Riding is one of those zen like activities I think. The advice you get for your horsemanship usually reflects the advice you may need to hear in other aspects.
Do you feel the same way about any of your weaknesses with riding compared to other weaknesses you may have?