I love my horse. I do. I had a great ride today. And I had to reach through the fear, hear my breath over my pounding heart, and get on a horse who was high, lit up with the cool weather and his own need for movement. And the message? Do it anyway. Exercise five on the fear management list is to Visualize Success. So I did.
Today I decided to visualize me, relaxing on Calabar. Sit deep, shoulders back and relaxed, hands loose, elbows out--and we got there.
We still have a journey, I still have a journey, but today was a good day.
Next weekend, we have a new piece to add--a clinic. I have so many things to worry about. So many things I can imagine that could go wrong. A clinic? Other strange horses? New experiences? Anathema to my big, brown routine-oriented ex-racehorse.
But instead, I think I will imagine things going right.
I will imagine me, being calm in the saddle, communicating that level of relaxation to him as we try new things, as we learn new things together.
We can do this, Bar and me. We can do even more than that.