give up. I know that we hear that saying all the time, and it just goes in one ear and out the other. We know ok yeah keep going things will get better. But have you ever taken the time to think about it, truly? Never, never give up. It goes right along with "If you don't ask, the answer is always no."
Some of you may know that I just recently bought my dream horse after working with her for two years and fighting hard for my rights to buy her. It was a complicated mess of another girl trying to buy her and the owner potentially giving her way to someone else. But in the end I got her. Because I didn't give up. I can't tell you how much stress it put on me, and those around me who I ranted to, about how I can't lose her. If you want something in life, go after it. Dreams show you what you want, but you have to be willing to put your feet on that road and go after it. Only you can get yourself where you want and need to be.
And it isn't just trying to get something you want. It is working towards a goal. Every one of us are in some sort of stage with our horses, be it training them or training ourselves to be better riders. There is a goal that we are working for. Never, never give up. If you quit now, you are showing your horse that you aren't going to put in the effort to teach him/her the right way to do whatever it is you are doing (be it a half pass, barrels, jumping, trail, etc). If you quit riding or taking those lessons now, you'll never master that two-point or the sitting trot, or some some cases, just how to ride a canter. It is frustrating. It is annoying. It is sometimes full of heartbreak if you are trying something over and over and just not succeeding. Maybe it is simply looking for that perfect horse. But in the end, it can be done.
You may have heard the saying that the journey is better than the destination. Sometimes we just can't see that until we reach that goal. The "here and now" takes precedent over the possibility of what tomorrow will hold. But don't you give up. Keep at it. Keep going. You WILL make it, if you want it badly enough. People tell me that I'm lucky. I'm not lucky. I'm stubborn. I'm determined. And in the end I always get what I want because I don't stop fighting, I don't stop trying, I don't stop for anything until I have it. Anyone can do it. There is always a way. There is always a chance. Don't be afraid to step back and look at the bigger picture of what you are trying to do. You may just see some hidden road that wasn't there before because you were so focused on the problem and not the solution. Anyone can achieve their goals if you try.
And in the end, you'll end up a better person. You learn from your own mistakes. Have a problem horse that just won't leave the pasture? After so many failed trials, you finally find a solution that works. When trying to make the light bulb Thomas Edison was called a failure. He said, "I didn't fail. I found 1000 ways how not to do it." And in the end, he found one that worked. Just as I did. And just as you will.
So keep at it. Your dreams may be just around the corner.
~He knows when you're happy
~He knows when you're comfortable
~And he always knows when you have carrots.