“How to Ride From Strength”

Why is it we have a tendency to not always recognize the best in ourselves and in our horses?

When it comes to the horses, of course we care intensely for them, and we see them as generally wonderful … but when it comes to getting on and riding off, we worry about what we don’t want to happen. Often we’re not thinking of their best, or expecting it.

And when it comes to ourselves … well we can all be our own worst critics.

But what if you viewed those areas of concern as just the next steps you need to take to improve? And what if you saw your horse’s “weaknesses” as their next steps, too?

What if you made sure you spent real time each day thinking about what is the best of you? What have you already mastered? What are you most proud of about your riding?

What if you celebrated how far you’ve come … everyday?

If you do this, you would approach all you do from a feeling of strength, instead of lack.

I’m not pretending that you (like the rest of us) don’t have a lot to learn. You will always be on a learning road. So, as you move forward, ride from confidence in what you know … and excitement for what’s to come. You will still work on whatever it is you need to work on … but not from fear … but from strength and trust in what you do already know.

And do the same for your horse.

You have an incredible spirit. You have a natural vitality and a vibrancy that are all yours.

So does your horse.

Of course you will keep growing, but just make sure you don’t miss out on the great stuff of today. This is your adventure with your horse. It should never be compared to another person’s experience.

As you move forward toward your dreams in 2017, go with strength and fun. Celebrate the best of you and your horse. Have a blast as you go!

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10 Comments on “How to Ride From Strength”

  1. Amy Marable on Fri, 27th Jan 2017 8:37 am
  2. Thank You so much for this article today. Today is when I need it most. You see, my stallion, an own son of Peppy San Badger had a heart attack yesterday and was laid to rest. Yes, my heart is broken, but I will continue on with all my other horses. I learned a lot from Jake and learned that it was alright for a human to love him. I’ll take what he taught me and apply it with other horses.
    Once Again Thank You.
    Amy.

  3. Barbra Schulte on Fri, 27th Jan 2017 9:05 am
  4. So sorry Amy … and yes Jake and his lessons will be with you always. You are welcome. Blessings, Barb

  5. Ashley on Fri, 27th Jan 2017 9:22 am
  6. Thank you! A smile helps on a cold winter day.

  7. Karen Taylor on Fri, 27th Jan 2017 9:27 am
  8. Another great article to add to my inspiration notebook! I love sharing these with friends who through our common struggles to improve and master the “mechanics” sometimes miss that celebration of how far we’ve come and how unique/special we and are horses are.

    If you’re going through Fort Collins to Granby, come see us!

  9. Barbra Schulte on Fri, 27th Jan 2017 10:02 am
  10. (-:

  11. Barbra Schulte on Fri, 27th Jan 2017 10:04 am
  12. Thank you, Karen! Will do! I appreciate your comment. Stay warm!

  13. Gayle Giza on Sat, 28th Jan 2017 3:09 pm
  14. Great insight and much needed! I am a 73, almost 74, year old rider who got into riding at age 59. I have had both knees replaced, and a spinal fusion so, needless to say, I don’t ride like I used to. I find myself missing all of that and my riding buddies who have moved on. I have a great horse that I dearly love and we have a lot of fun together. I just have to keep reminding myself not to try to meet the expectations of others but to enjoy each and everyday that I have with this wonderful friend. I also try to remember to judge myself by what I can do and not by what I can’t! Thanks, Barbara. You are an inspiration.

  15. Barbra Schulte on Sat, 28th Jan 2017 5:59 pm
  16. Thank you Gayle. Blessings to you.

  17. Carolann Thigpen on Sat, 28th Jan 2017 6:06 pm
  18. What a great article! And just what I am trying to internalize. I will copy and paste it everywhere!

  19. Barbra Schulte on Sat, 28th Jan 2017 6:55 pm
  20. Great Carolann. (-:

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