Remember your good days… I think that is something that we all should live by in our daily lives, especially when it relates to horses. Remember the day that you finally achieved your goal with your horse… remember the day that your horse made you laugh (I am sure there are plenty) … and remember the day your horse finally understood after an hour of making him understand… remember the day you faced a challenge, and most of all, remember all of the happy and joyful memories you are making with your horse.
Yesterday, I rode Sky and, let me tell you, it was definitely one of my good days. I was working Sky in the arena and I was specifically working on bending and collecting. My trainer was watching me and asking me to do different exercises with Sky to help her become soft and to bend. The shoulder-in was an exercise we were working on. Sky was absolutely amazing and has progressed so much since I started working with her. I worked on one side and then switched the other direction. Right away, Sky knew what I was asking her to do and remembered that we were working on the shoulder-in. Sky rounded her neck and became so soft it was literally amazing! Horses are so smart, aren’t they? I am a firm believer that horses can read our minds.
I remember another day when I was riding Kahari and I was feeling very discouraged because she was just not understanding what I was asking (it was my issue more than anything) and our canter transitions were just really messy and not smooth at all. I remember the last moment when I asked Kahari to canter (honestly I almost gave up) and she went into the canter smoothly. It possibly was one of the best canters I had ever experienced! I remember smiling and thinking that even though there were some rough patches in our ride, the last canter made for a great day.
What I have come to realize, is that good rides help us to have confidence for those tougher days that we will inevitably face. When I have tough days with my horse, I just remember the good days we have had and that helps me to persevere and move beyond the challenges. My insight for you today is to not give up even when you are having those rough days. I understand that when we are lost in our challenges, it may seem hard to look beyond them. But let me reassure you, there is a rainbow beyond the storm. What has been one of your best days with your horse? Share in the comments below. And, take a mental picture of that good day and take it with you on your next ride. Until next time… don’t forget to hug your horse!