We’ve all been there.
You’re leaving the show ring and you’ve just had a terrible round. You’re mad at yourself for not living up to your self-set expectations. You feel like you’ve disappointed your trainer (disclaimer: you haven’t). You think that everyone watching is talking about you (trust me, they’re not). Most of all, you’ve forgotten the most important thing: showing is supposed to be fun.
The reality of the sport is that most of us aren’t going to the Olympics, we compete because we love to compete. Because it’s fun and because we love horses and the friends and the food and the sport. When we’re winning and we’re riding well, we always remember that part. The key is to remember that part when you’re losing too.
So when you’re sitting around, beating yourself up for a stupid mistake that you made, just don’t. Give your horse a carrot, remind yourself that it happens to everyone and let it go because tomorrow is a new day. And at the end of the day, if all else fails, retail therapy.