Last week I had a very stressful week (nothing to do with riding) and this has triggered my long running on-off heart problems. And made my neck zap to the left and stay there. Obviously, this all happened because I wanted to have another go at doing a dressage test.
Just to make things worse Tosca is going to remain on holiday until (possibly) the end of September and the fact that Barney (the replacement) and I just don’t seem to ‘click’ and what have you got?
A big pile of frustration.
All I want to do is an introductory BD test. How hard can it be? Well, actually, quite hard it would seem.
So, a thirty second rant seems in order.
First up. Barney. He’s a lovely chap (what horse isn’t?) and I do like riding different horses, but somehow, that magical bond isn’t there. This could just be down to the fact that I want the red lady back and I’m not being very fair to him. Sorry, little fella. Next week, I’ll be riding ‘big’ Harry (17.3). He’s a total sweety (more about him another time), but he represents another week ‘lost’ whilst I adjust to him.
Secondly, heart problems. Hopefully, this is transitory as I haven’t had any major problems for a couple of years now. Very frustrating that this should happen, now. Reduces me to slow, happy hacker. Even the child has been shouting at me to speed up. Charming. Thanks kid.
Thirdly, I’ve actually learnt the flipping test.
Ok, rant over. Question time.
Give up? No. I love riding. Stamp collecting just isn’t for me.
Health? Just keep going. Remember that mad woman who rode with all the heart monitors? That was you. Horses help.
Self pity? Unattractive and not allowed. Re-focus and make a plan. These are temporary set backs.
Keep calm, and … walk on. Just very slowly.
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