First of all, I’m posting this late (oops), which is why you won’t find it in the blog hop collection added at the bottom of this post. Oh well, still fun to post about.
I’m writing this late because I couldn’t really decide what to say. I have big ambitions, but I’m overly logical, so sometimes it’s easier to make smaller goals instead.
Of course, I have the dreams of riding around the bluegrass fields at Rolex (er, Land Rover?). I watch the many motivational YouTube videos showing the high jumpers and perfect dancers in the sandbox and dream.
I compare myself to the big names and think, “Yeah, I could do that. I want to do that.”
Ironically, I have a horse that could do it, too. Out of the two of us, he’s not the one holding back.
I’ve been riding for about 7 years. I’ve never jumped 2’9. I’ve never jumped a 2’6″ oxer. It’s not that I don’t want to, it’s just that I’ve never given myself the opportunity. There’s always an excuse. He’s too runny. I’m not stable enough. We need to work on our flat more. (Okay, that’s true). Work on your fundamentals and the height will come later.
So, I work on smaller goals. Compete at Starter successfully. Ride my bronco without falling off (always a good plan). Get a little more bend, or suspension, or impulsion. Learn more about what makes him tick. Learn more about equine care. Every time I check something off this invisible list of goals, I’m just that much closer to my ambitions. I’ll get there.
I suppose my ambitions are two-fold. I’d love to get to an FEI level of eventing, even if it’s when I’m old and grey. That’s something I’ll always want. But for now, I’ll focus on my goals that I can accomplish!
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