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Why it matters

Sep 07 2017

 

After my very stressful and challenging start to the 2017 show season, so many friends have come forward with words of sympathy, empathy, and encouragement.  I am forever grateful for their friendship, kindness and support.

During this time, one phrase that I often heard was “it doesn’t matter.”  That my relationship with my horse is #1 and that training and competing are not important in the long run. 

I understand where this comment is coming from, but for me, it does matter. 

It matters because I took a leave of absence from my job and spent 4 months as a 33-year-old working student to learn how to be a better horseman and rider.

It matters because I sold my house and moved my new husband and I half way across the country to be in a full time lesson program and compete regularly.

It matters because I bought and imported a horse site unseen so that I could have a suitable mount to compete at Training level.

It matters because of all the early mornings and late nights at the barn; of all the hours icing legs, soaking hooves, and cleaning tack; of all the times I pushed through despite bad weather, aching muscles, and a tired body.

It matters because of all the missed date nights and vacations with my husband, the missed holidays with my family, and the missed evenings out with friends.

It matters because of the monthly vettings, the joint injections, the custom podiatry shoeing, the chiropractic, acupuncture and Magna Wave treatments, the Adequan shots and the Smartpak supplements.

All of these things wouldn’t have happened if I wanted to walk hack, trail ride, or even compete at the Novice level, but my goal is to compete at Training Level and to be competitive (no stops or eliminations).

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So while it may not matter to my horse (he just wants to eat, sleep, and be treated well), my friends or family, my co-workers or the man on the moon, it matters to me.  I vow to myself to continue to fight to achieve my goals.  To work hard and never give up.  While my riding goals for 2017 may not have been met, I will regroup and come up with a new plan to put myself in a position to reach my goals in 2018 and beyond.

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