Congrats Boomer on a great ride! I guess that we all have discouraging moments. I have only been riding for 5 months, and VACowgirl, I can relate to the frustration and emotions. I have also been very emotional leaving the barn, feeling so down on myself, and then the next day will come and we'll have a break through. I really need to stop comparing my abilities to others, and focus on where I am right now, just slow it down. A good friend of mine starting riding a few months before me. She took 5-6 lessons a week for months, and now is a 'master rider', and she was very hard on me, constantly being a know-it-all, making me feel that I really knew nothing. Always stating her opinion, which of course was always right!!! It took me awhile to step away from that, and really focus on what I was doing, and being happy with where I am in my riding, and basically remember to have fun! Riding I think riding should be fun, not a chore. And enjoying the small things with my guy! Thanks for letting me vent, what a topic!