“What is so important in our world right now, where everything is pulling us, is to slow down, rein it in (no pun intended!), and choose – what is important to you? – Jenna Knudsen
Are you familiar with the feeling of striving? Wanting to do it all, see it all, learn it all.
Many of us, as riders and equestrians, are doers. We want to be the best for our horses, and as we learn more, we also realize how much we still don’t know. If you started riding later in life, you may also feel the pressure of “how many years do I still have to ride” pulling you to accomplish as much as possible NOW.
I know the feeling of striving intimately, but horses have also taught me, time and time again, that all is most available when I pause, trust, and allow instead of bullishly trying to push ahead.
For me, this happens when I have a training plan for one of my young horses, but they are balking, skittish, and distracted. The more I try to forge ahead, the greater the disconnect between us becomes.
But when I pause, when I see them, when I allow what they need to change my agenda, our time together becomes so much more than what I had even planned.
I have felt this in my riding as well. When riding in a clinic, or with one of my coaches, I can try so hard to feel what they are describing and it doesn’t come. But later, riding by myself, just having fun, I feel it, the opening for the understanding is there.
For myself, I choose what is important for me and then channel my striving into being in the right situations. I agree to train the difficult horse, I sign up for the course, I go ride in the clinic, but once I’m there, I trust I will learn what I need. I trust it will all work out.
Not only does it all work out, but the whole process becomes a lot more fun!
In today’s video, meet Jenna Knudsen, coach of Leg Up Coaching here at HorseClass, to hear how to limit distractions and embrace what’s best for you.