Hey there, horse lovers! So you’ve got a passion for these magnificent four-legged critters—me too! But let’s get real for a sec: why do so many of us who adore horses also feel like we’re always on the edge of, well, messing up?
Living in an Old-School World
You know how your grandparents have these unwavering “back in my day” ideas? The horse world is kinda like that—a bunch of timeless rules and traditions. I get it; traditions are like the cozy, worn-in pages of a favorite book. But they can also make you feel like you’re in a never-ending pop quiz. “Am I doing this right? Will Grandpa, er, I mean the judges, approve?” It’s nerve-wracking!
Are We There Yet?
We all dream big, right? Maybe it’s moving up from the A/A Hunters to the A/O Hunters or a complicated dressage routine. Sometimes our dreams are so big they feel like a mountain. And when you’re always looking up, it’s easy to forget how far you’ve climbed. So don’t be too hard on yourself.
Empty Pockets, Full Heart
Let’s be honest—horses are pricey. Every saddle, bridle, and vet check costs money! So it’s normal to sometimes feel like maybe you’re not giving your horse the best of the best. Take a deep breath. Love doesn’t have a price tag. If your horse could talk, do you think they’d ask for a designer saddle or your time and care? I think we know the answer to that.
Mistakes Happen, and That’s Okay!
Horses are like your BFFs—they understand you, but they’ve got their own thoughts and feelings too. A minor misunderstanding can make a big difference. Just remember, nobody’s perfect, not even your idol at the horse show who looks like they’ve got it all together.
The ‘Insta-Perfect’ Illusion
Raise your hand if you’ve ever scrolled through Instagram and thought, “Why can’t that be me?” We’ve all been there. The perfect shots of perfect jumps and perfect, well, everything. Just know this: for every perfect photo, there are a dozen outtakes, a handful of falls, and maybe a couple of temper tantrums (from horse or rider—take your pick).
The Judges Are Watching!
Oh, the judges. Will they like me? Will they hate me? Will they notice if I do this little thing wrong? Being judged can feel like the world is staring at you through a magnifying glass. Remember, they’re not scary monsters—they’re people who love horses too.
When Everyone Knows Everyone
Horse folks can be like a tight-knit family—loving but, well, everyone knows everyone else’s business. This can feel like you’re always in the spotlight. It’s okay; no one is perfect, even if it seems like Ellie from the next stable over never puts a foot wrong.
So Now What?
The first step to feeling better is knowing you’re not alone. Talk about it with your riding pals, your trainers, or even the guy who delivers the hay bales! And hey, cut yourself some slack. We’re all learning.
Being horse crazy is a rollercoaster ride of thrills, spills, and a lot of love. So feel the wind in your hair, the joy in your heart, and yes, the jitters in your belly—they make the ride worth it!
Always remember, you and your horse are a team. That connection and unspoken understanding—that’s worth its weight in gold. Be proud of it. And most of all, enjoy the ride!