Kristen, author of If The Saddle Fits, recently wrote a viral blog post about Body Shaming in the Show Ring. Since then, she’s posted a few follow-up thoughts that have really resonated with me, including ideas about changing the conversation. Lauren of She Moved to Texas has also discussed the topic, so while I hate to steal anyone’s thunder, I find this discussion a necessary one. First, let’s get the truth out in the open: I am my own worst critic.
Today’s fun fact: I briefly considered majoring in Equine Studies in college. I actually visited the University of Findlay with that goal in mind. While the campus was beautiful and the barns were gorgeous, I ultimately decided to keep horses as a hobby, instead of making them my career. Looking back, there are a million reasons I’m glad I made this choice, the least of which is that I’m simply not good enough to be a professional. But nevertheless, that choice became a defining moment in my equestrian journey.
Last summer, about 10 days before a horse show, I took a nasty fall off Miles. He slammed on the brakes right before a white coop and I went over the jump without him; neither Trainer nor I saw it coming. My hip hurt so badly I went to the ER to get it x-rayed, convinced I’d broken something. Luckily I didn’t, but it wasn’t a quick recovery for me and ever since I’ve been terrified of the coop. Of course at the horse show immediately following this incident, there was a brown coop in the ring that Miles jumped several times with no problem.
I’ve procrastinated writing this post, because I wasn’t sure what to say… or exactly how I feel. I still don’t, but I’m documenting my journey as a working, adult amateur and that includes the good times and the bad. Right now, Miles and I are going through a bad time. After our lameness issues, followed by pulling shoes, I finally scheduled a jumping lesson. It’s been 2 1/2 months since my last lesson on the big red horse, so I was pretty pumped.
It’s been a while since I did a quiz on here, especially one beyond just the equestrian side of my life. So here I am, jumping on the bandwagon of filler posts while I collect my thoughts about yesterdays lessons.