Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Golf and horses

Who knew I could find similarities between golfing and horses?

Okay, you got me. The folks that really know me realize I can find parallels between horses and just about anything else out there in the universe.

BUT!

On a bit of an experiment, I took a night off from the horses (gasp!) and went to a women's golfing club. (Because I need another expensive hobby, right?) Anyway, it isn't that pricey, I like the game, and it was a fun way to spend a Wednesday evening.

It was, however, a bit eye-opening to discover some of the things I struggle with when golfing are things that also affect my riding. Both work better with soft, relaxed hands and smooth, controlled movements. It helps to balance between being slightly aggressive and gentle. Don't forget to breathe. Relax.

Oh, have fun and don't take yourself too seriously.

The club will meet through the end of October, so I think I'll keep going. It's fun and it's teaching me something about being mentally centered. Bar says that's a good thing for me (for us, actually), even if it means one less night of treats.

Plus it's surrounded by the race track at the Santa Rosa Fairgrounds, so I can almost hear the thunder of hooves as I try to get that little white ball in the hole.

3 comments:

Buckskins Rule said...

The difference I find between riding horses and golf is that I enjoy riding horses. That may, of course, have something to do with the fact that I was unable to master golf...

With that said, I do hope you enjoy yourself.

Jessica said...

BR, I don't think I'll ever master golf and I certainly won't master horses, but I do find I enjoy both.

Odd, I know!

Dane Jane said...

I like the comment from "Buckskins Rule"! And Jess, if you want to practice golf, I have clubs in the garage you can borrow as they are just gathering dust (and black widows in the golf bag, use with caution). Golf was not my game.