Do You Have This Much Fun?

Today’s Tip: Enjoy every moment you have on a horse! Not hard to explain, but if you need more, read on.

Last night was another night of RideAbility classes. Therapeutic riding can be a little difficult because some of the students can’t communicate in the same way most people can. Last night, though, I got to watch five students, all with different cognitive skills, experience the joy of riding. These riders have all been riding for a number of years, so it’s not new. Sometimes that makes it kind of fun because most of them know a little about riding and are getting better every year.

One of the things I observed last night, though, was how much fun they were having! We got to trot last night. We don’t do it every week or with every student or class, but we did last night and they all love it! I wish we could have a whole pasture full of gaited horses so they could all experience different feelings of movement, but even different trots give us some different opportunities.

When was the last time you laughed when you got to go faster? When was the last time you clapped your hands because you loved riding so much? When was the last time you thought, “This was fun!” rather than “That transition could have been better?”

One of my faults is that I tend to use the phrase “have to” too often. I have to ride to get ready for a show, I have to groom my horses because they’re dirty, I have to get this horse cantering or she never will. It’s a beautiful spring, we have beautiful horses, stop the complaining and enjoy it!!!

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