Winston Churchill once wrote, “No hour of life is lost that is spent in the saddle.”
Most riders will agree that there’s never a truly bad ride. After all, if every ride went smoothly, you would never have mistakes from which to learn. Each challenge you encounter gives you the opportunity to develop new skills that you’ll be able to use later if you encounter a similar problem down the road.
Of course, that’s the best-case scenario. Working through problems and ending on a high note leaves you with a feeling of accomplishment. However, things don’t always end up so well. Occasionally, you’ll encounter one trouble or another that you just can’t seem to completely fix before you dismount for the day. Other times, it isn’t a specific problem, but a ride that is simply not as good as you hoped, and you leave feeling like you have unfinished business.
How do you recover from a tough ride? What do you do once the ride is over or when you set out for the next ride to make sure it doesn’t get you down? Share your thoughts by clicking “Submit a Comment” below. Some responses may be selected to be published in a future issue of Horse Illustrated!
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