I try to pick 2 or 3 things to accomplish. Like opening and closing a 'gate', crossing a bridge, backing through the 'L', I like to do them early right after I get the horse warmed up. Those require some concentration, both his and mine, and I find if I get those 2 or 3 things done early I tend to be able to tune everything and everyone out except for if someone yells, comes off or I really NEED to tune back in. I can do that in a warm up ring with 50 other horses going all different directions and speeds, so I know it works for me.
I also don't like to have a set time limit, like I can only ride for 1.5 hrs and then have to get home or be somewhere, that breaks my concentration like no other. I get on, I start working and I quit when I've either accomplished what I wanted, or introduced something new and have reached a good break off point with the horse. Again, I'm just really zeroing on the horse. I honestly can't tell you how I make everything 'disappear' because in everything else, I'm SOOOO ADHD it's pitiful. I can't concentrate on anything else to save my sorry life but stick me on a horse and the world just ........... goes away for me. I've been like this since I was a young teen. I just get so wrapped up in feeling each movement, footfall, gait, pace....you name it, the whole world could be on fire and I wouldn't notice til I got so hot I couldn't breathe anymore.
To give you an idea how bad I can be, I'll be having a discussion with my husband and just lose track really badly and not even know it. He looks at me and says, "Butterfly......", as in I saw a butterfly and lost my train of thought, to try to break in and redirect me. Sometimes it even works.....LOL! Other times, we just have to laugh.
Last edited by Dreamcatcher Arabians; 11-03-2012 at 02:31 AM.