Hard Work Should Pay Off

Doesn’t necessarily mean it will ALWAYS get better.

But most of the time, when enough energy, concentration, and enthusiasm is applied, things do get a little, well, improved.  In everything.  Right?

downstride of the canter

She can be absolutely embarrassingly difficult, then fantastic at the end.

 

This summer has felt like I’ve applied more than a fair share of sweat equity.  But really, if the pay off is a few seconds of absolute loveliness, who cares?!

riding in bad air quality

Inside shoulder in canter, a little less weighted now.  Yay!

Going left, she still wants to be empty in the outside rein and we struggle there since my outside aids can’t seem to be doing what I know they should be doing.

But Hey, I love this right here!

collecting the canter with young horse

12 thoughts on “Hard Work Should Pay Off

  1. Hard work does pay off.

    It is about trusting yourself and your horse. But, once you begin fitting it into a timetable, then the improvement may not come fast enough, or your expectations become too great. Patience is the great equalizer. If something doesn’t work, you take a break – it may be a day, or two, sometimes longer.

    I think you’re riding very well, and so do Elizabeth and Tara. Just stay with what you are doing.

    Ride well,
    Deborah

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    1. This!
      Patience, Deborah, is something SO difficult to achieve.
      I work on it every day. It’s easy to get mixed up with thinking we’re not trying hard enough if w don’t “care” enough, right?.. And then impatience takes over.

      Thank you for being so encouraging!! It’s very welcome!๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜๐ŸŒท

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  2. I love how you said it—hard work SHOULD pay off!!! Even though it seems like sometimes the hard work just is not paying off, it is usually just taking a while to show itself. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. I have my share of these moments when I feel a little stuck or frustrated, too. My trainer always tells me the same thing: Enjoy the ride. Some day you’ll reach the top of your potential together, and your journey with this horse will be over (or at least it will change.) You’ll look back on the days when you two were dancing and negotiating your way through First Level with longing and nostalgia. It goes fast, don’t forget to enjoy it. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. How wise, LOVE it!
      I haven’t actually thought about it that way. Until now, and it makes so much sense!
      Thank you for the reminder, and for painting the picture that this WILL be history one day ๐Ÿ™‚

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