Today the conversation drifted to the word expectations and what expectations mean in life. It is my opinion that expectations often follow with disappointment. Why? Because expectations are not real. Expectations are fantasy of what you believe is going to happen. Expectations and reality are different things. I doubt our horses are burdened with too many expectations (unless it is seeking a cookie from my pocket), or water in the tank.
Much of my own spontaneous (goal) combustion results from my own expectations. I'm going to attempt a shift in my overall philosophy when dealing with my horses. For instance going to the Ground to Cow Clinic this weekend. My "expectation" is to get there and back safely. Whatever else positive that should occur is "gravy" but I'm not going to set up my mind with grandious thoughts. Journey after all won't be having any of those. Her thoughts will be running more like "oh! a horse! I'm really herd bound...anxious anxious anxious oh! another horse! Let's go over there. OH! there's that woman again! Move my hip, move my hip, wasn't I thinking about a horse? OH! I shouldn't do that...that woman is askng me to do this...but OH! OH! OH!
I'm learning that living in today doesn't only mean today. It is right this minute, right now, this second. Every training opportunity will not necessarily be a "productive" session. I have bad days, my horse has bad days. Not her fault, not mine. It's just the way it is. So this weekend we go, we camp, we eat, we meet new friends...how is that for expectations? ~ E.G.
Favorite Links for training, gear, and memberships!
- National Association of Competitive Mounted Orienteering
- HOW TO CMO
- What is CMO?
- Old Dominion Endurance Rides
- Renegade Hoof Boots
- Riding vs. Racing a discussion with the Duck.
- Trumbull Mountain's INTRO TO ENDURANCE RIDING
- Principles of Conditioning
- Conditioning the endurance horse by SERA
- Short Article: Feeding & Training the Endurance Horse
- Feeding the Endurance Horse, Swedish Author
- Preventing Dehydration In the Endurance Horse, Ontario Competitive Trail Riding Association
- Jim Holland's fantastic training links here!
- South Eastern Distance Rider's Association