I had a pretty rough day at work on Monday. It was so tough that I called hubby while he was at work and sobbed and blubbered a bit until he suggested I go out to the barn. Wise words from a non-horsey hubby to a horse-crazy wife. I went to the barn, but I was feeling so bad that I didn't know if I really wanted to ride or not. Out of nowhere I was reminded of those words: get in there and ride your horse!
With a show looming in just a few short days, I realized that more helpful words could not have been uttered. I saddled up and FOCUSED on riding Speedy G. I wasn't a passenger. I kept my heels down (sort of), I rode with my seat (mostly), and concentrated on putting his body where I wanted it to be.
I've said this before ... dressage is very humbling, but it's also much more. It's a way to create balance in our personal lives, both in our physical bodies and in our spiritual and emotional well-being. After my ride, I felt tired in a good, take-a-deep-breath way, and my problems from the day seemed less a part of who I am. I was feeling re-balanced.
I guess if all else fails, get in there and ride your horse!