Crystallizing Moment – 2019 Year-in-Review

I am striving in my “neither here nor there” state to be more goal-driven. Not having a horse of my own is not an excuse to table potential achievements. I can still progress as a rider. For the past couple of years, I have fallen into the trap of saying, “well if only I had xxx, I could do xxx”.

2019 is the year of no excuses.

I will always be a have-not in this sport. The have’s are those who are mega rich, and I honestly do not have the aspirations to achieve that level of wealth. I am fine doing my part to help others and get by.

So, in light of that, I plan to progress as a more complete rider.

Instead of being forceful, I will be persuasive.

Rather than aggressive, I will be confident.

Lastly, I don’t want a horse to ever know that I am in a hurry.

Overall, I want moments of relaxation in my riding that do not currently exist. I have soft hands, but I need fingers that close and soft elbows. And shoulders that do not jump for the horse.

My goals are not to tick a box, compete in a certain class, or do a specific clinic (though those activities can help me achieve my goals). I hope to look back on 2019 and say, what I better rider I have become in spite of my circumstances.

I also hope, in 2019, that that previous sentence will not even come to my in that way. I am practicing daily graciousness, being incredibly thankful for the opportunities that I am given. The rat race can be never-ending, and it’s not something I have stamina for.

I will achieve great progress as a rider because I am lucky to ride different horses who need a whole host of traits in their partner.

In 2019, maybe I will ride one of these guys.

5 thoughts on “Crystallizing Moment – 2019 Year-in-Review

  1. Tracy

    I can relate to this SO MUCH. Horses are a huge blessing, but it’s so easy to get sucked into comparing yourself to others and being jealous of all that you DON’T have… instead of remembering all that you do. My goals for 2019 are very similar to yours — less about checking off boxes and more about personal improvement!


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