“𝙄𝙣𝙨𝙩𝙚𝙖𝙙 𝙤𝙛 𝙗𝙪𝙮𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙖 𝙝𝙤𝙧𝙨𝙚 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙩𝙚𝙣 𝙩𝙝𝙤𝙪𝙨𝙖𝙣𝙙, 𝙗𝙪𝙮 𝙖 𝙝𝙤𝙧𝙨𝙚 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙖 𝙩𝙝𝙤𝙪𝙨𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙨𝙥𝙚𝙣𝙙 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙧𝙚𝙨𝙩 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙢𝙤𝙣𝙚𝙮 𝙤𝙣 𝙡𝙚𝙨𝙨𝙤𝙣𝙨”
I read this quote (or something similar) somewhere previously and it really resonated with me. Now while I wish that my horses only cost me a thousand euros to buy I am definitely a firm believer in investing in lessons as they improve both you and the horse.
Yesterday I had my first lesson since before lockdown on Flash, and to say I was looking forward to it would be an understatement! I have loved spending time at home tweaking and figuring things out by myself, but Flash is so different to Paddy (who I got LOADS of lessons on over the years, and will do again!), and it’s been a real learning curve for me to figure out how best to ride her and get the most out of her.
Yesterday’s lesson focused a lot on getting both of us feeling secure and confident jumping again, which was much needed ahead of our first one day event on Saturday. I left with a few good tools in my box to work on over the next couple of days, and apply on the day itself.
My plan is to do a run of lessons over the next few weeks to get us up and running and confident again, and start as we mean to go on!
And speaking of our one day event – I got my times last night and they are INCREDIBLY sociable!
A 4pm dressage, and will most likely be back at the trailer getting sorted to go home having completed XC within an hour! So I can have a lie in, wash and plait the day of – bliss