Yesterday was my first lesson since Nationals. I went by the barn last week to help load for the show & to dispense peppermints. Otherwise, my November has been ASB-free, for a convergence of reasons.
1) Time off. Last year, I jumped right back in, going to the final show of the year to pick up points [Show Report] and starting winter tournament because I knew Greg wouldn’t drive if I didn’t ride [Show Report]. It took the rest of the winter for my mojo to trickle back. This year, I wanted to see how I did with a longer break.
B) Take my own advice. A friend was pondering the two aspects of her business. Given my vast experience in the field – none – I opined that she need to pick one as most important. She could be X with a side order of Y, or Y with a side order of X. Either was a valid choice; both was not. Trying to be X and Y would mean muddling along without outstanding success in either.
Therefore, I am trying to make sure that my daily choices match my priorities. In other words, fitting other activities around progress for Rodney & Milton, rather than vice versa.
3 or c) Time out. I have a policy of not venting on deep matters [Speaking Out]. However, I still have opinions. My neighbors are good and generous people … with whom I disagree on almost any topic you care to name. It wears on me. I hid for a while.
So here I am. Rested and ready to bloom where I have been planted. Onwards!
Thank you for reading,
3 thoughts on “Back in the Saddle, November 2016”
“Therefore, I am trying to make sure that my daily choices match my priorities. In other words, fitting other activities around progress for Rodney & Milton, rather than vice versa.”
I’ve found that if I want my horse make progress I need to do what she needs to do to reach that goal, not what I want or need. Big difference. Huge, sometimes.
Progress: Yup. One can force progress in the short term, but it comes back to bite one in the ass.
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