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.