My life got a whole lot happier after I decided to keep Rob. I’d like to think that hers did, too.
As soon as she came home, I put her on full board. I no longer needed to go out to the barn six days a week to clean her stall.
I also immediately forced myself to take a huge step back from the attitude I’d had about riding and training for the three and a half years I’ve owned Robbye – namely, one of constant progress, weekly consistency, and an honestly grueling weekly schedule which didn’t care a whole lot about weather.
Instead, I decided that I was going to do some major chilling out.
Honestly, I don’t know what my goals are anymore. My “huge life bucket-list” goals, at least when it comes to competition, used to be earning my bronze medal and completing a recognized horse trial. Now, those goals seem expensive and silly. Do I really care about showing recognized? I’m not sure.
As I backed off of my goals, I backed off my schedule too. Do I really need to train five days a week? In February?! Hell, no.
There were several work weeks in the middle of winter where I didn’t go out at all. It was cold, it was raining or snowing, or I had a meeting. I didn’t feel well physically or I didn’t feel mentally up to having a dressage ride.
I’ve slowly been fighting down the guilt this new schedule causes.
You know what’s helped the fight the most? Realizing that we’re not doing any back-sliding.
Hell, we’ve been making a ton of progress lately! Every ride is like a happy surprise – this is what my “young” and “green” horse is like after five days off?! What fun!
Fun. Fun. Riding and owning a horse is fun!