THE ROAD TO SELF DISCOVERY
Have you ever wondered what you would do with all your time, money, and energy if you didn't ride? Have you ever questioned the value of this pursuit? Where is it all going and to what end? I know I have and I can only imagine how often my husband has. Far too much goes into this endeavor to say 'it's just for fun'. Most of us are not Olympic material, yet we tackle the training as though that might be our destination. We have often heard, when discussing the study of dressaage, 'it's the journey that counts not the finish'. I understand this line of thinking but a journey takes you places.
So where have we been? And where are we going?
I have come to the conclusion that we are on the road to self discovery.
When we interact with our horses it's like looking in a mirror. Horses react to whatever we do in a very straight forward way. I had one instructor who said 'it's all about how you use your body' and my horse has pointed this out to me again and again. Understanding and controlling your own body is a huge part of dressage.
Controlling your mind also plays a role when interacting with your horse. Discovering what makes you angry or scared or confused or frustrated can be very enlightening. Your horse will test your powers of concentration. And your degree of concentration can make or break whatever you and your horse are working on.
If you can get to know yourself better and have better control over your body and mind, it's easily worth years of hard work and tons of money.
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