“𝐃𝐨𝐧’𝐭 𝐰𝐚𝐢𝐭 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐟𝐞𝐜𝐭 𝐦𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭. 𝐓𝐚𝐤𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐦𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐦𝐚𝐤𝐞 𝐢𝐭 𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐟𝐞𝐜𝐭”.
Since my fall in late December 2021, I haven't wanted anything to do with this mare. There were quite a few contributing factors that day from improper tack to not being in the right headspace to ride. Regardless, this mare did absolutely nothing wrong —she didn't buck me off nor did she trample me while I was laying on the ground in extreme pain. I only recently started grooming her again, but had no interest in hand-walking, lunging, or riding her. Until today.
I didn’t know that I would ride prior to arriving at the barn this morning. But, when I witnessed her docile demeanor, I knew that I would have regrets later if I didn't at least try to get #backinthesaddle.
We didn’t go faster than a walk. I was led (thanks Dad!) around the arena for only a short 10 minutes. It’ll be awhile before I’m able to let go of that safety net and ride fully independently again, as I lost a ton of confidence post-fall.
Sometimes, you can’t wait for the “perfect” moment to arrive, as spontaneous decisions don’t leave a lot of room for over-thinking to occur. However, you do have to make time to celebrate the small victories each and every day…especially those that are 2 months long overdue…
What is your small victory this week? Please share in the comments below!