Because planting the backside in the saddle is not enough…
- Setting goals. Riding for ridings sake is fun of course, but just like in any sport there has to be some accountability. Without it, it’s easy to continue the same way as before.
- Spending time around “bigger and better” riders. Better skills, better horses, better trainers – hopefully a combo of all. It’s super motivating, even if it’s not every day. (Or even every week.) Our small, happy, barn is not a show/training barn – I try to get out and watch when I can.
- Riding something OTHER than green horses. Because, truthfully, it can feel a bit cheerless to work on the very basics, over and over, while not knowing if it’s coming along correctly.
About that number 3…
With a green horse, there’s not much time for the rider to work on her own riding. For me, I’m suddenly missing other, earlier, green horses. Forgetting all their faults and difficulties. Funny how that works!
Sure, I even miss Copper a little sometimes. He could be really fun.
And Gaucha, who actually was really fun, and everything wasn’t so complicated.
So, I have to work a bit on number 3 – ready for some different fun this fall! A bit of work at the breeding and dressage training barn in Somerset. Somehow squeezing in time for at least a little.
Short saddle time on a well-trained horse = Supah Motivation.
Thinking about throwing in a quick picture here and there of the beautiful PRE horses. Want to see?