From Endurance to Dressage
I Should Feel Guilty
I should, but I don't. I've had a busy school year. Selling and buying a house and then moving during the first quarter of the school year has really wreaked havoc on my life. Furnishing the house and getting things repaired and in working order prolonged the mayhem. There are days when I am just too tired to do anything.
I go to the barn every Saturday; It's what I do. This Saturday however, I realized it wasn't going to happen. I did my grocery shopping, mailed my Dad's birthday present, started some laundry, and then gave myself permission to go fishing. I caught a fish. And then I sat down.
The day was drizzly but there were moments of brilliant sunshine. Even so, I finally told myself that it was OKAY to skip a riding day. I ride at least 300 days a year. There is no crime in sitting on the bench and letting a prime riding day slip by.
I felt much more motivated by Sunday morning and had an excellent ride on each horse. Do you ever just sit one out, and do you feel guilty when you do?
3/28/2017 12:53:02 pm
That's exactly how I feel. Sometimes, I just need a break in order to come back totally ready. :0)
3/28/2017 12:54:05 pm
If I have concrete plans, I don't feel guilty. If I am just doinking around because I need a break, I do feel a wee bit guilty. :0)
3/28/2017 12:56:00 pm
If I had a horse with a trainer, I'd never feel guilty either - what a life!, I like to be in it up to my boot tops though - mud, poop, feed, the whole shebang! :0)
All the time. I feel guilty whenever I'm just too tired to go to the barn. I have this lovely creature who I spend lots of money on each month. What on earth am I doing, not taking advantage of each and every riding day I can. Then I have to remember to tell myself breaks are okay. If I force it too hard, I make myself burn out.
3/28/2017 12:56:31 pm
Yep, yep, yep - that's it exactly!
3/27/2017 12:36:58 pm
When you're paying by the day, Yah, I cringe at every day missed.
3/28/2017 12:58:11 pm
Paying by the day would change my perspective. The way I think about paying board is that I am paying for a safe home with good quality feed for my boys. My visits don't change any of that. However, not riding or checking in on them seems to scream "you're a loser!" :0)
I believe that guilt is a non-productive emotion - it keeps us from enjoying what we're doing because of we're not doing but we wouldn't be enjoying that either so.....
3/29/2017 06:39:46 am
You're absolutely right. :0) I rode with a trainer for quite awhile who disagreed with some of the decisions that I made for my horses. I didn't have a lot of other choices at the time, and she was helping me, so we agreed to disagree. As soon as another option became available, I was happy to move on.
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About the Writer and Rider
I am a lifelong rider.
I began endurance riding in 1996 where I ultimately completed five, one-day 100 mile races, the 200-mile Death Valley Encounter, and numerous other 50, 65, and 75 mile races. I began showing dressage in 2010.
Welcome to my dressage journey.
About Speedy G
Speedy went from endurance horse to dressage horse. After helping me earn a USDF Bronze medal in the summer of 2020, he is now semi-retired. Speedy is a 2004, 15'1 hand, purebred Arabian gelding. His Arabian Horse Registry name is G Ima Starr FA.
Izzy was started as a four-year old and then spent the next 18 months in pasture growing up. I bought him as a six-year old, and together, we are showing at the lower levels. He is a 2008, 16'3 hand warmblood gelding. His Rheinland Pfalz-saar International (RPSI) name is Imperioso.
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