Typically on my blog I try to keep things fairly positive. I’m not an optimistic person by nature, and over the last few years I’ve worked really hard to see the glass as half full in all areas of my life. But today, I’m going to bitch and whine to ya’ll. So strap in, grab the popcorn, and pop the cork on some wine: today’s blog post is gonna be a dramatic one!
‘Fraidy Cat Eventing had a really great blog post on two-point position not too long ago that resonated a lot with me. Her theory is that a rider has a solid position over fences if you can erase the horse from the picture, if the rider, (while maintaining the same position) drops straight to the ground, stays upright (you know, not face-planting or ass-planting). I really liked this description because you see so many different types of two-point from world-class riders that the definition of “perfect two-point position” gets easily muddled. Plus, I’ve always felt that rider body type isn’t taken into consideration enough in this discussion.
I have a lot of less-than-put-together thoughts bouncing around in my head about various aids, starting with hands. I find the role of hands in riding very interesting, because in different disciplines, the ideal position and use of the hands is both so similar and so different. I also think it’s one of the more difficult aids to truly master because it goes against our instincts. For me, it’s really easy to fall into habits with my hands without really realizing it.
I went through a blogger identity crisis, and I didn’t notice until now. I started blogging to keep track of my equestrian pursuits, as a way to catalog my progress. This quickly turned from just a private journal to an entirely new community of assistance and support; I’ve made so many great friends through blogging who have helped me through some really tough times. But for a while, I got this idea that I wanted to monetize my blog. So I wrote blog posts that would appeal to a larger audience, and focused on improving the quality of the blog. But as I got busier outside of blogging, and even outside of riding, I got a little burned out. Unfortunately, my burnout translated into a lack of blogging, which you’ve seen over the last year. I recently went back to read some of my very early blog posts, and it helped me remember why I started this blog in the first place: for myself.
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Vantage Equestrian Tee’s
Size: XL and 2XL
Retail Price: $22.99
What I Paid: $0
Purchased: July 2016