One year ago today I married the love of my life. It was a long time coming and our friends and family will all tell you no one was surprised in the least. To date though, it’s still the best decision I’ve ever made. It’s crazy to think it’s been one whole year, 365 days, already; I remember our wedding like it was yesterday!
After a tough show, I always look forward to my next lesson. By nature, I’m a planner and action-oriented; I like to have clear goals and a way to get there. So when everything went to shit at the show, I came home with a renewed sense of vigor to fix it. What I lacked was a way to channel my motivation — how, exactly, do I change what went wrong? That, right there, is why I take regular lessons. I’m aware enough to know when things aren’t right… but I don’t always know specifically what’s wrong or how to fix it. So Trainer and I talked about it and came up with a game plan. We started off by addressing me: I have to insist on getting what I want from Miles and I have to believe it; I can’t ever ask and then give up.
I woke up Sunday morning and promptly told myself that Saturday never happened. I focused on making my horse beautiful, watching the rest of #TeamBrookside ride beautifully and eating all the snacks we’d brought. My only goal for the day was to ride better than yesterday — I didn’t care if I was competitive, I didn’t care about the striding. All I wanted to do was give my horse a better ride.
Horses are humbling creatures. Through my time as an equestrian, I’ve experienced both the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. And just when I thought I’d gotten things figured out, my horse reminded me that he still have so much left to teach.