Thread for Trainers (and others) - Avoiding Burnout
Growing up, I remember watching my trainer ride her own horse one time every weekend, usually on a simple trailride, and I remember thinking that I could never do that, I could never get enough time in the saddle. I could go from first thing in the morning to late at night. Even as a teenager, I would work camps and teach lessons all day, and be in the covered arena working horses in training until 1 in the morning, ready to start early again the next day.
I turn 26 next month, and sometimes I find its all I can do to make myself work my own horses. I have no interest in getting out of horses, even when I look at other jobs I can't actually picture myself doing anything else. I get to clients horses and lessons as planned, but I have to force myself to work my own.
It sounds at first like I just rode too much, but I don't think that's it. This all started a little over a year ago when I took over management of a rescue facility. Working with beginner people and difficult horses in mass puts a bit of a strain on things and I found myself expecting less and less out of my already wonderfully trained horses just out of habit of working at the other barn.
I've considered getting back into competing just to give me a drive to move forward. My main business is extreme problem horses, so by the time I get done with that, I look at my own horses and say "thank goodness you have manners", and my expectations lower. I find very little challenge anymore with anything that anyone brings to me and its all become a bit boring and redundant.
I'm sorry if I sound whiney, I'm just trying to rediscover that drive because I know I do still have a lot to learn and there are many more goals to pursue. Does anyone else find this problem? Where do you go when you feel like you hit a road block?