08-22-2009, 04:01 PM
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Remember that all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy! It's so great to hear that you've been working hard. Give yourself some credit for that! And go on a trail ride to remember why you love riding so much! Do a little bareback riding where you aren't working on your position, you're just enjoying the closeness of your horse. Try playing around with a new discipline. And know that if you need a break from riding, it's ok to do that. No one will think less of you or question or your love from horses if you take a break.
I'd also ask yourself, what are your expectations for yourself when you ride? Is it perfection? Immediate and complete improvement with every ride? Make sure that your goals are attainable and realistic. And that your goals are the right goals for YOU, not for someone else. My friend and I would really like to do a grand prix. Her goal is for the end of the year. I don't think I'm going to be able to do that with her. Or even next year. So my goals are to be the best rider I can be, to improve each horse I get on, and to show to the best of my and my horses' capabilities. Another friend's goals are to always have fun, to let riding be her escape from the stresses of life, and to enjoy her horse whether it be jumping or trail riding. Our goals are different and we're all happy with them. Make sure your goals are the right ones and that you have a way of attaining them. Horseback riding is one place where I don't think perfection should ever be a goal. Improvement, yes. But if you're wanting to always be perfect, there's a good chance you'll be dissapointed and miss out on the joys of improvement. I'd also suggest finding a GOOD trainer. I know from your previous posts you've had a really REALLY terrible experience with a horrid trainer, but the RIGHT trainer is worth their weight in gold. It is amazing to have someone who can show you how to improve in an encouraging way and be your cheerleader when you do it right. It doesn't have to be a bad experience.