Adventures in Saddle Seat
On Monday, I wrote about my weeniness overcoming my ambition [Theory Vs. Reality]. On Tuesday, I wrote about the show being more fun than progress [Spontaneous Showing]. Joking and self-deprecation aside, it is a legitimate question. Should my saddle seat lessons at Stepping Stone Farm be challenging & exciting, or should lessons be reassuring, thereby saving c&e for my own, non-saddle-seat horses?
Take advantage of whatever opportunities Coach Courtney is kind enough to present.
The Exclamation Point Life
Be bold! Seize the day!! Be daring! YOLO! Challenge yourself! Progress starts where your comfort zone ends! Do! All! The! Things!
Knowledge is Never Lost
Learn as much as possible, always. Even if I never ride in a suit class, the new skills may help me with my hunter/jumper/dressage/eventing riding; may help me in ways I do not yet know; may be worth pursuing as interesting in their own right.
When I’m in a dark place, one of the things written on the wall of my soul is, ‘There are only two horses I can ride, and one of them is dead.’ Previous Horse was the latter. Sam is the other. Embrace this. Enjoy that I feel comfortable on a horse.
Athletes don’t make progress by staying on the ragged edge at all times. If I am always at sea on a horse, I will never had the chance to consolidate what I know. Riding a horse who gives me confidence enables me tackle new things with other horses.
This is true of mental skills as much as physical skills. For now, use lessons as a time to rest, to regroup, to rebuild. Reserve the emotional upheaval for my own horses.
Now is not the time. You can do everything; you can’t do everything all at once. Perhaps in the future, when my hunter/jumper/dressage/eventing horses are resting after a successful Preliminary season, the right saddle seat lease will come along and I will dive headfirst – wearing my helmet – into the world of show trots and suits.
Life isn’t always about achievement. Gasp. It’s okay to do something simply because I enjoy it.
Making The Decision
As I have undoubtedly mentioned before, I want to be the person who willing leaps onto any horse. I’m not. This makes my decisions harder. Is Option Two the right choice, or am I finding a way to justify wimping out?
There is no single, permanent answer. I have this debate before just about every lesson.
And Now For Something Completely Different
My annual explanation for why the blog ignores so much of what goes on in the world [Speaking Out].
Thank you for reading,