But here’s the frustrating thing – no matter how much my horse isn’t tuned in, *I* have to bring *MY* A game. Every. Single. Ride. Paddy’s not a schoolmaster to take care of me if I’m not having a great day. He’s not particularly forgiving of my mistakes – if I ask wrong, he doesn’t just do it anyway because he knows what I want even if I wasn’t 100% correct. Or if I’m crooked, he’ll happily be crooked right along with me. He’s not going to buck me off or do anything naughty, but he’s also not going to cut me any slack.
And yet, I have to cut HIM slack no matter how he’s feeling. If he decides that calling to the horse in the barn is more interesting than responding to my inside leg, it’s not like I can yell at him to PAY ATTENTION. No, I have to be patient and calm, repeat my aids, and insist that he listen to me. I can’t pull, get mad, or any of that – I have to channel my inner Zen and just remember that I’m just going to keep doing what I’m doing and eventually he’ll get back with the program.
There are days when I’m stressed or really tired, and don’t feel like I can get my A game together. If I don’t have a lesson, I’ll usually just take Paddy for a walk on the trails, or maybe on the road, or give him a day off. I need to have the mental and physical energy to ride through whatever he throws at me, and some days I just don’t. I know myself well enough that it’s better not to get started on something I’m not confident I can ride through to a positive outcome.
What about you? Do you have to bring your A game to every ride, or is your horse more forgiving?
This post is all lies. I am ALWAYS perfect in every way!