We followed up with a fancy pants horse show in which I managed to not permanently damage my horse.
|Can't get enough of this photo|
And now I'm sitting here wondering: now what?
There is an empty void and I'm not sure how best to fill it.
It was a seemingly non-stop summer between all the different lessons with Joe, Linda, and Stephen. Now that everything's over, part of me wants to take the foot off the gas pedal and just coast, and return to our old "oh hai nice pretty horsey let's go trail riding and dressage (maybe) but probably not, just trail ride because that's all I have the motivation for" routine. I do have a hockey season to start getting ready for, and I haven't skated since the spring.
But the other part of me wants to ride this train as long as we can in light of all the progress we have made, together. That part of me wants to do the Anne Kursinski clinic in November. The other part of me feels like I'd rather not. My dilemma is that this is limited opportunity to ride with another great that might not come my way again, and certainly not anytime soon if my job has its way with me. The downside is that I'm not super enthusiastic about it, and it's a rather large check to have to cut.
The struggle is real and it is in my brain between two completely different energy levels:
And maybe I'm just dreading the feeling of wanting to vomit and die for three more days straight, who knows.
So...Soon and I had a few days off from riding after Piedmont, and have been hacking the last three days and staying out of the ring. My motivation factor was in the tank, but I have managed some shoulder-in, leg yields, and general dressage-ness while riding around the farm. I did drop into equitation weekend today at Capital Challenge, and just being back in the horse show atmosphere made me want to run back to the barn and set up some gymnastics, or do some ground poles without stirrups.
Lazy!me just wants to do more of this: