I’ve been going through a bit of a riding drought, but for once it’s not because I don’t have options. It’s because I’ve been traveling like crazy for work. I had been planning these trips for a few weeks, and somehow managed to book myself in 3 different regions of the US in three weeks. While really fun, it does take a huge toll on my riding time. And sleeping. And my laundry.
So when I originally read Tracy’s post, I had wanted to really think about my own skills before posting. Lots of airplane time has led to the following answers.
Identify and honor your strengths:
- I will try anything once.
- I have a good eye for distances.
- My long legs aid in a confident, secure seat.
- I like to ride different horses.
- I’m comfortable using spurs.
- I know when something is too much. For me or the horse.
- I am someone who can crash and burn, and keep right on going. (i.e. hot mess at jump 1, I pull my sh*t together and nail jump 2)
- I thrive in a show environment.
- I land softly, and stay over my horse well over fences.
- I give a generous and soft release over fences.
I encourage all the riders out there to take a minute and really think about what you consider your strength. It was very easy for me to come up with things I want to change. Not so easy to focus on all the strengths I have. We call could use a mental tune up in this area!