All of us horse show-ers have experienced this. You spend months riding and practicing for one ride. You spend weeks packing and getting your outfit ready for one show. You get to the show, do your normal warm up routines, and you’re feeling nervous but confident. As time gets closer, your butterflies get stronger. You walk into the arena, and boom, something goes wrong. Typically, when that happens, the whole ride just goes to blah. The feeling when you really realize that you didn’t have the ride you wanted, is just sad. You’re disappointed, discouraged, tired, and ready to go home. Some of us cry, go be alone, get mad, we all react differently. This happens to everyone, but does anyone stop showing because of one ride? Of course not! The first thing to do, is take a deep breath. Bad rides lead to learning. You learn something you need to work on, something to prepare for the next show, and how to handle disappointment. How you handle the aftermath is what sets you apart from your competition. It’s important to focus on the positive aspects of your ride. Then, you can break down what went wrong. Was it rider error, lack of preparation, or a misbehavior from your horse? It wouldn’t be near as fun without knowing you have a weak spot, and overcoming it! As cowgirls, we don’t let one ride change our love for the sport, we improve and learn from each ride.
Written by: Ashton Rein Williams
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