This is more of a debate really, and down to you guys for your input.
When things go wrong with your horse, be it at a competition, in a schooling session, or just on the ground, who do you blame?
Do you blame yourself?
Do you blame your horse?
Do you blame external factors, such as the venue, the weather, the rest of the competition?
Or is it a mixture depending on what the problem is?
One thing I`ve learnt about myself recently is that I blame myself. Unless there`s a blatently obvious reason, such a hailstorm during my dressage test, I come away from a competition being very hard on myself. Even if it`s not achieving an aim in a lesson with Otis, or even a client not completely understanding a concept during a lesson, I go away and beat myself up about it, feeling like a failure.
What does that tell me about myself as a rider? That I`m a perfectionist? That I’m a workaholic? That I have low self-esteem? That I over-analyse things?
Who knows, I sure don`t. Except that I then have to make a firm plan to sort myself out!
But anyway, back to you guys. Who do you tend to blame when everything goes pear-shaped? And what do you think that tells you about yourself as a rider or horse owner? And how do you then plan to overcome this blip? More lessons, change of equipment, refuse to ever do that type of competition again, or refuse to visit a venue ever again?
Comment below with your thoughts.
On a lighter note, here is a headcam video of Otis flying today – click here