I've been doing a lot of internet reading via blogs, Facebook and Instagram over the past few months (thanks night shift!) and a recurring theme has stuck out to me. I see a lot of "well, I mean, I'm just doing beginner novice because we're not that good" or "It's just First Level, not like I'm doing Fourth like you or anything" or "my horse has been injured so we're just coming back into work, we usually work a lot harder and look better" or "don't judge my eq, it was a bad day."
Now, I am 100% guilty of doing this as well. I'm in fact very, very good at saying things like "well, we didn't have an indoor so I'm just working on getting back into shape and thus look pretty terrible" and "we've got some lameness issues so we don't work that hard." Yes, yes, all good and well but the reality is it's YOUR horse. It's YOUR goals. Regardless to what someone in the barn says, or your family says, or the internet says - some days you can do this:
AKA be a total badass on your SUPER cute pony with friends cheering you on!!
(Stolen from Eventingnation.com)
Andddd.... some days you do this.
(Stolen from pintrest.com)
Goals: it's all about the perspective.
So I'd like to encourage all of you to OWN your accomplishments! Whether it's "complete my first four star without falling off," "walk around the outdoor twice without horse throwing a temper tantrum," or "keep pony from jump out of dressage ring." Guess what friends? My goal for tomorrow is to ensure Digby's shoe (that he lost on Sunday... Grr.) is back on and then go work in the round pen for 5-10 minutes to make sure I've got a go button and a whoa button so hopefully Thursday I can start Digby doing some long lining to slowly get back into shape. Yup, it's that exciting. I am going to look like a lumpy sack of potatoes holding two ropes with a skinny horse with zero muscle probably flailing around at the end of them. Maybe this time next year, I'll be working on some dressage tests to show over the summer.
But for now, this is our life. And it's going to be awesome.