A Bad Ride = A Bad Day?

I am too hard on myself when it comes to my riding.  I take it very seriously that I am shaping my young horse’s future.  If I don’t teach PJ to be a good equine citizen would anyone else find him valuable if something happened to me?  Maybe that’s why I got in a funk after my lesson today.  I felt good going to the barn, but as soon as I got in the saddle, I felt stiff and off-centered and ineffective.  It was an effort to be correct but every time I turned down the short side my instructor told me to stop collapsing on my right side.  Every time.  Last week we discovered that my collapsing was just a symptom of me throwing my hips to the inside, and I was concentrating on not doing that the entire ride.  But obviously from my instructor’s critique, I wasn’t doing it (even thinking the buzz word “Target” didn’t help).

Writing this down, I can think of many reasons why I wasn’t all there.  Work has restarted after the holiday break, so I’m waking up earlier and stressing more.  I hadn’t ridden since Saturday, and that was a light day.  I had gone to the gym in the morning, so maybe I was tired (but that would be lame because I only did cardio).  I think I should make a New Year’s resolution to relax a little.  It was only one ride and I was still riding a world better than I was this same time last year. 

So my friends in cyberspace, is anyone else’s mood dictated by whether they had a good or bad ride?

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2 Responses to A Bad Ride = A Bad Day?

  1. Dutch's mom says:

    This time of year, I’m happy whenever I can ride.

  2. tryingtoride says:

    So true. Only 73 days till spring!

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