A Note about Sugarbush Draft Horses
I see it over and over again, and no matter how many times it's said, it's still wrong. "Sugarbush Drafts are just an Appaloosa Draft Cross". Uh.... no. The Sugarbush Draft Horse was a breed created many years ago in Ohio. While the initial cross was made using Percherons to Appaloosas, in the many generations following, the breed has been solidified into a consistent type. Saying these horses are "just" a draft cross makes as much sense as saying that AQHA horses are "just" a Thoroughbred cross, American Cream Drafts are "just" a dilute Belgian, or that Morgans are "just" a grade.
Friday, August 5, 2011
Fear Friday: Motivation
I'm kinda in that situation right now. It's hot here. By 11am, it's over 100 degrees, and just getting hotter. I'm getting up early, but with only about 4 hours of daylight, I'm not getting a whole lot of saddle time. When you add in the riding students, that's even less saddle time for me. I don't mind working when its hot, but when the horses start having problems, it's just not worth it. I have horses that are dumping weight, covered in salt, and other common heat related problems, so I sure don't want to add heat stress to the mix.
Well, it looks like we have about a week of this. I'm headed out to the barn in the wee hours of the night to get the stalls cleaned and such, and I still have to head out every 2 to 3 hours all day long to check water and make sure all the horses are up and sweating, so it's not like I'm being lazy and just goofing off. But I know myself. I know that as soon as it starts to cool down, I'll ride a horse here, or maybe a horse there, but it will take me days to get back into riding 4 horses each day again.
Some of those horses don't bother me at all. I know they are good, and I trust them. Like Lady here. She's just an amazing horse, and FUN to be with. There's a chance she might be coming back for some work.
I find that I get motivated when some one else is relying on me, but I tend to get lazy when it's only me and mine that need me. It's easy to make excuses to myself. Well this got me thinking.
Isn't motivation a part of what we need to overcome our fears? I mean, when I feel like I can't, that's when I really want to prove the world wrong. My motivation is to simply prove that I CAN. Now that I'm in the no-man's land of "mostly over it" I'm having motivation problems. I ride when I want to ride, but I don't always push myself as much as I should. Maybe it's a 15 minute walk riding bareback. What I should be doing is working on trotting bareback to build up my core strength and leg muscles. Maybe it's a lap or 2 at the canter, when I should be doing caveletti at the canter. Things like that.
Now I just need to get the motivation to ask for help with these things. Before I ride a greenie, I want to stack the odds in my favor. I want to make sure that I have the horse as safe as possible, just in case my anxiety sets the horse off. In some cases, this means I will need a ground person. So, I'm going to have Jae help me with that. He does a great job of making me stay calm, simply because he's so calm mannered himself. And he can read my body language as well as my horses can. Jae has no problem calling my bluff and refusing to do something if I'm lieing to myself.
But what I'm lacking is the motivation. I have the desire to do it. I have the right mind set. And yet this 110 degree weather makes me REALLY not want to go out and try it. Have you ever had that problem? You can easily sit inside thinking about how much you want to do something, but making yourself get up and go DO it is just not going to happen? How do you get over that?
I figure that the heat is a really good excuse. But, it's still just an excuse. I could be riding a greenie in the morning instead of Poko, or Ash, or Boo - my super broke lesson horses. But at the same time, I need to keep those horses worked up for the lesson students. If they get bad habits, then it's a lot more work for me to fix it later. Riding one of my green horses isn't as pressing, and can wait until its cooler out.
See, this is how I convince myself to sit on my butt and do nothing. And doing nothing doesn't help me advance as a rider. I want to be the best rider I can be - not the best in the world, simply living up to my own abilities. I often think that this is where lessons are so great. Scheduling lessons gives me the incentive to get up, get out, and RIDE. I have some one else relying on me to be there, and to be on time.
So, how do you get your motivation to do something? How do you convince yourself that you just want to make it past this step in your progression? How do you make the excuses not sound so good? I think that this lack of motivation is the point where so many of us stop progressing. We never tackle the rest of our fear issues, because we convince ourselves that something else is more pressing, or that we've done so good, we can rest now, or what ever excuse it is that gets to us.
This is where I am now. And I admit that I'm a bit stuck. Granted, the weather sure isn't helping any, but one day I want to get back to my own version of normal. I know that I will never be as brave as I once was, and I'm ok with that, but I'd like to be able to train green horses again with out needing a stiff drink first!