I tend to approach anything that I care about with a great deal of energy and single minded focus. In many ways, this is a great thing as I tend to reach goals and get a lot done.
I spent the summer riding both horses every day, hauling Izzy out for twice weekly trail rides, showing Speedy, and organizing several clinics. I've worked almost non-stop for the past six months to get Izzy as broke as possible before winter sets in and to get Speedy at least closer to schooling the movements at Second Level. Working so zealously can really wear a person out.
I am not saying I've succeeded at either thing, but just the effort it took to get this far has finally caught up with me. I was unintentionally over-booked this past week with after school meetings and appointments, but I can't say I was disappointed to miss my daily trips to the barn. I was grateful for the break, but when I woke up on Saturday morning asking myself if I really wanted to ride, I realized I needed to have a little sit down with myself to see what was going on.
I've had a couple of less than stellar rides on both boys over the past two weeks, and that maybe chipped away at my enthusiasm a little bit. But Churchill was right, a set back here and there shouldn't affect my passion and zest for bigger and better things.
I am going to slow down for the next couple of weeks and focus on enjoying all of the new skills that both my boys have learned. I think Izzy could use a few weeks of just building his confidence, and I know Speedy would like me to quit poking him so much with my spurs.
I think today might be a good day to just ride for fun.