Lately I have been fretting about the weather. Every time I get my hopes up the ground may dry it rains again. As a horse owner I have been allowing this to get me down. My horses are constantly wet, the fields too slippery to ride in and I am unable to ride out anywhere due to the mud. I can do very little with my Millie and I feel like I am not making any progress.
I know, from past experience when confidence was an issue for me, that when you want to build your confidence riding this can be a particularly challenging time and frustration may ensue at lack of progress. On the other hand maybe you are relieved as now there is a real reason why you are unable to ride?
It occurred to me that I have no control over the weather. Me fretting will not change a thing (except my mood) and I needed to change my outlook. So now I am making the most of being able to spend extra time doing what I can with Millie, whether that’s grooming her or simply hanging out. I will ride and play with her again when I can and not before, I am choosing to feel differently about things, changing my perspective, as these things I can control.
In fact, I am lucky, I have a warm, dry house, a lovely place to keep my horses (which I am very blessed to have anyway), food to eat, water to drink, nice friends and a lovely Mother, not to mention my cat! There are many people with much bigger problems than the weather or people with bigger weather problems (the United States always springs to mind).
All that said I am going to focus my energy on what I CAN change and accept what I can’t. How about you?
To you and your confidence,
Caroline Andrews - Horse Rider Confidence Specialist