3.09.2017

Priorities

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I recently posted about how I've come to discover that while horses are an important part of my life, they are not at all the most important part. That being said, I love progressing in my riding, and I love showing. I want to be known as a good rider and to do well by my horse, even if it takes us a while. In order to do so, I need to set us both up for success.

Back when I was delusional (read: with my previous trainer), I went on shopping binges to fill gaps I felt in my riding. New breeches for shows in my show colors. New fancy air-vest. Expensive tack. Fancy bits. You name it, I probably bought it. I even fell into that Olgivy craze and bought a bunch of their saddle pads and half pad, all of which were completely useless in the long run (I don't even use a half pad anymore - no need with a properly fitted saddle).

I had some weird notion in my head that I needed these items. I needed separate show bridles and pads and clothing. I needed everything to match and look pretty. Why? Who knows. At that time I thought everything was going pretty well in our training, though I had no doubts about our inexperience. But I figured hey - if we're going to spook going into the dressage arena, at least we'll look good doing it!


And now? Well, I came to my senses. Sure, certain pieces of equipment are very helpful when it comes to riding. I know my properly fitted and maintained saddle not only helps Fiction move freely but it puts me in a nice, secure position. But outside of the essentials, nothing else matters right now. What does matter is the training, of both Fiction and myself.

We will never go anywhere without training. No amount of fancy tack or fancy clothes will get us our Bronze medal. No matter how desperately I want that $100 sparkly browband or purple Majyk Equipe boots or custom stock tie, I recognize that these are not the items that will help me succeed in progressing in my partnership with Fiction.

So as I stare forlornly at the thousands of dollars put away for Fiction's upcoming training while simultaneously yearning for a new bridle or new boots (mine aren't too far from kicking the bucket), I stop to remind myself of what really matters to me. Fiction and I could be the best dressed pair at the show, but without the training and lessons behind us we're just playing the role, not performing it.

9 comments:

  1. Yes, yes, yes! It helps when you're deep into this mindset and you genuinely get really excited over something as mundane as new plain black spur straps.

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    1. Lol yup. I'm honestly super excited about maybe getting a new belt for showing this year -.- But before that I'm going to need new boots, which I don't relish purchasing. Hopefully I can find some on the cheaper end.

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  2. I've never been able to shop as therapy, for money or practicality reasons. Though sometimes it is a nice distraction. But then I think about how much more I need the training and I feel the same way you do!

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    1. I wish I had never learned retail therapy. I'm still trying to break myself out of it in other areas outsides of horses - namely computer games haha.

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  3. Ugh retail therapy hits me in other areas of my life. I gaze forlornly at my "wish list" as well and then add another gallon of fly spray to my cart instead

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  4. I enjoy spending my extra cash on pretty things for my pony -- but not at the expense of the training we need to improve or even worse, other areas of my life. I love horses, and they'll always be part of me, but my family comes first now.

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  5. I'm in this same boat right now. I love shopping so I'm sad

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