This head cold is really kicking my ass. I actually poured cereal into the dog’s food bowl this morning, so writing an actual, thoughtful post is totally out. Instead, you get photos of my dog napping and being adorable. You’re welcome.
I’ve talked a lot recently about how my confidence over fences has been somewhat lacking. What it boils down to, at least for this weenie adult amateur, is reps; it’s early in the season and I simply haven’t jumped very many jumps yet this year. So I added an extra private lesson to my schedule this week in preparation for our season-opener which is 9 days away. It was short and sweet, but exactly what I needed: we focused on the basics and I learned how to fix some of our biggest problem areas.
My first show of the season is 13 days away. My mental state regarding this fact is shaky at best; one minute I’m super excited, the next extremely nervous, followed by a pit in the bottom of stomach and a nagging voice saying “are you sure this is the best decision?” To combat my anxiety, I’m doing my best to get in rides and lessons, plus Trainer is working hard to re-install my confidence. Will it be enough — I guess only time will tell.
Apparently, spring has sprung and caused a fever in my horse. No, not an actual fever — more like a simple case of the batshit crazies. To Miles, spring means frolicking through the fields and jumping in the outdoor. Unfortunately Mother Nature is not cooperating and Miles isn’t getting to do any of the aforementioned activities. Yesterday he finally said ‘enough is enough’ and sprung a full-blown temper tantrum. I’m dubbing this episode ‘Spring Fever 2015’.
I think I’ve hit a plateau in my riding. Last year was such a whirlwind of learning, that right now I feel very stagnant and it’s getting me down. It’s hard to write about hacks and lessons when you feel generally ‘meh’ about them; I rode okay, Miles went okay, but nothing spectacular happened. But that’s life and I’m committed to enjoying the ride, no matter what.