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This week I want to talk about when things don't go as planned in the show ring. Nothing frustrates me more than seeing a rider become irrationally angry at their horse in the ring, or seeing people try to run or compete on a horse who's lame.
Your horse does not understand ribbons. He does not understand entry fees or peer pressure or judging. All he knows is that he's in a new place, and is doing his best to respond given the circumstances. He isn't trying to "cheat" you, or "ruin your show". Sometimes, things happen. The announcer is too loud for him, there's a screaming small child sprinting past the ring, it's raining and people have big scary umbrellas.
Take a deep breath, and wipe out any idea of winning or your own personal glory. Treat it as a teachable moment, and help your horse work through it. One of the things I ADORE about Cowboy Dressage is that you will be rewarded for working with your horse as best you can, more than you will be punished for your circle being more like a spooky oval.
There will always be more shows, more ribbons, more arena time. Try to help the horse you have that day, and you'll come out on top in his eyes. How do you handle it when things don't go as planned? Comment below!