Lately I've been fighting a lot with my horse - I want to trot, he wants to canter; I want to jump, he wants to plow through jumps. Basically we've both become so tense that I get hard on his mouth, and it becomes a vicious cycle. When this generally happens, it takes a while for us to break the cycle.
To make a long story short, my good friend from high school died this week of cancer at age 19. I pretty much lost all my fight. I've been turning to riding for a moment to myself, and I have to say that since I've given up all of my fight, everything has suddenly clicked.
Tonight I went to lessons, and my horse went like a CHAMPION. If we rode a dressage as good as we rode tonight we'd be scoring 99s! He flexed and went in a frame easily, didn't spook at things the other horse spooked at, and went really well. My coach suggested we jump. I was a little worried but she set up jumps and he went over them SO WELL! I am so so proud.
Isn't it such a great feeling when suddenly everything comes together and just works perfectly?