Maybe we already do, in which case, sorry!
I have had a rough week and I’m possibly over-analysing this, but I’m sure other re-riders have had these feelings too.
I’m a working mom, and I have a fabulous, diamond-in-the-rough OTTB, who is green but learning EVERY day and is just a gem. He’s awesome. We’re working on straightness, doing some canter work, and cross-rails for fun. He’s really smart, in a very good way. You tell him what you want and he goes “ok!”.
The thing is? I don’t know HOW to tell him. I’m a capable rider, but have lost so much coordination and that instinct of what to do, that I’m basically starting over, when he is too.
Thankfully, I have a really great trainer who is extremely sympathetic and helpful.
Part of me is like WTF was I thinking getting this green horse. Another is like WTF is wrong with me, and maybe I’ll never get better. Another is why am I even bothering trying to improve?
I know this horse will be amazing. And he’s ridden 4x/week by other people under trainer supervision and is doing amazing. So even if I can only ride him once a week, he’s better every time I do. So that’s a +1.
The thing with me is, I can ride my other horse fine. I rode him yesterday, took him over a 2’3"/2’6" jump, no problem and no getting ahead (my big problem).
Try to trot a X-rail on the new horse and I’m flopping around like a fish. My weakness is really made obvious with smaller, trot fences.
I’ve really been thinking that I need to get my core in shape and I think that will help me. But WHEN? I have a 3 year old, a job, a house, and the horses. Oh, and a husband too. lol
Sorry, I’m rambling. I know what I want, but I feel like I don’t have the time, and I don’t have the ability! I would love to know that I’m not the only one going through this!!!
I did enjoy reading other re-rider threads, and knowing I’m not the only one, and that there’s no shame in entering the long-stirrups for awhile to get my feet wet!