Monday, 27 November 2017

Riding Thoughts

Thanks for all the support and understanding of my workplace rant! I hate drama and negativity, but I seem to have stumbled and become mired in a lot of it these past months. It's easy to blame people and circumstance, but when it comes down to it, I believe it's partly my actions and decisions that inadvertently got me here, and I can choose how I will react, learn, and move forward from here. For now, I will do my best to not worry too much about what I can't control (other people's motives), and will make the best of what I can (my life :).

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The big impact real world worries are currently having on my riding is that I've let go there a lot too. Riding is my hobby, and I'm not inclined to make it into anything resembling work or stress right now.  I just get in the saddle, hope to have fun, and try to fit whatever training opportunities I can into that. There's no planning to work on anything specific, and I really am not interested in focusing on one thing. I had a couple of group events planned these past few days, and have let those go by the wayside with very few regrets...I need to look after me as well as pony, and right now, the fewer firm commitments for my time I have, the better.

My rules have also relaxed hugely. I'm not as demanding, and easily forgive the little things. In some cases, this means Midge is slacking a bit or taking advantage. But mostly, she's meeting me more than halfway and picking up the slack all on her own. Is she finally maturing? Or is this change really suiting her? I'm thinking the latter, so it's my new goal to keep riding her like this.


She's got a fabulous attitude lately. She's confident without being pushy, enthusiastic but not rude, and fun but still safe. Her work ethic is amazing right now. I hopped on at 10:30 the other morning, hacked to the arena, had a blast doing canter sets with her, played a little with real work, then did some more work on counter canter because she still wanted to go rather than walk and cool down. By the time I hopped off, 2 hours had passed. I gave her a good grooming for another hour before I put her away, but she still wanted to follow me back out the gate as I was leaving.

"Where are we going next, human?"

This pony, guys. Continually surprising me.
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  1. You have a good attitude in regards to work too

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    1. LOL, when I was angry at work 'friend' who tried to throw me under the bus because I didn't get to do any Black Friday shopping (just in case I quit my job and needed the money)... it was past time to let it go and move on :)

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  2. aww that sounds like the perfect way to decompress with the pony <3

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    1. Ponies are the best. I recommend them to everyone.

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  3. Teach me your calm ways, oh wise one. When I get pissed at work (or in any environment) it's hard for me to shake it off. It sounds like this move (and maybe training change) has really helped your girl :)

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    1. The best revenge is living well (and happy!). Right? That's what I'm telling myself, anyway:)

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  4. Such a great attitude. She seems to be responding to having more freedom.

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    1. She's just so different right now. She was not to be trusted (and with reason!) a month or two ago. she's happy and cooperative now, so Im just going to try to keep it that way!

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  5. Real world problems seem much smaller to me after a good ride :) Sounds like your pony is in a wonderful frame of mind right now!

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    1. Real world problems definitely matter less than anything horse world.

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  6. Work issues are the worst though and they totally sway your whole day. UGH. I am glad you just went and rode your pony! that is the best way to get away from it all. I hope they figure it all out. I just dont understand why in this day and age they would be against telecommuting ESP if you get your work done. I have people where i work that show up every day work five hours and go home and they get NOTHING done. And they are paid about twice what i am. SO yeah. Frustrations UGH.

    Bridget looks great btw!!

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    1. That's one of the funniest things...person who is complaining is maybe not one of the shining stars of the organization :)

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  7. It's a whole different feeling once they feel like they're enjoying their work, isn't it?

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    1. It's fantastic...I really wasn't sure she had it in her to enjoy anything resembling work!

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  8. Sometimes taking a step back and just enjoying your hobby is just what you need!

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