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Joanna Thurman-Baker’s dressage weblog: I write from the guts — please be good

Hello all and welcome again!
I believe it’s secure to say that my final weblog was controversial, to say the least…! Whereas I knew that it might divide readers, I’ll admit I wasn’t ready for the following bullying that adopted. Whether or not or not you agreed with me doesn’t matter, it was open-ended. For these saying my writing is terrible — I write from the guts. I’m only a woman who rides horses, I don’t declare to be an English professor, however I’m doing my finest. Be good.
All I used to be saying in that weblog is that you simply don’t ‘have’ to go to the fitness center or be bodily sturdy to coach your horses. My sister and I reside proof of that, as are many many different riders. After all, our approach shouldn’t be the one approach — as one beautiful individual despatched me a message of assist with the quote “many roads result in Rome.” All of us do have completely different roads to Rome, however that’s to not say one is mistaken and one is true. I’ve spent years feeling insufficient as a result of I didn’t go to the fitness center, and I’m so glad I did converse up about it as many others have informed me they really feel the identical approach. I’m right here to share my story and the bullying I obtained was the value I paid for it.
Anyway, onto brighter subjects!
Some current cuddles with Simba
I’m now hoping (and praying!) that we’ve got obtained over the worst of the winter storms, which have battered us all into defeat. They even battered our beloved village windmill to defeat as one stormy Sunday it misplaced two sails. However I really feel like spring is inside touching distance and we at the moment are all preventing to seek out the final of our vitality reserves to get to that summer season sunshine. With this constructive outlook, I got here out of my competitors hibernation and eventually went to a present!
Having not competed since my closing grand prix with Apollo on the summer season nationals final September (apart from an unaffiliated gala night), I’ve discovered that I’ve grow to be slowed down in a ‘it’s not ok’ mentality. I’m a perfectionist all the way down to the core — so why would I am going out when it’s not excellent? It was a barely poisonous mindset I obtained myself into and I used to be very complacent to wave goodbye to Samantha and Juliette as they went off not too long ago to regionals and excessive profile reveals, completely satisfied to remain at dwelling — whereas I used to sulk and lengthy to go too.
Juliette and Apollo
We not too long ago went to a chat with Charlie Unwin, a efficiency efficiency psychologist and a very good speaker on mindset round competing. Listening to him woke one thing up inside me and I started pondering of goals for my horses that had been a bit extra inside attain than grand prix. I’ve needed to swallow my perfectionist angle and recognize that I must benefit from the journey not simply the top vacation spot.
Sirocco and I out competing
So I bit the bullet and took rising seven-year-old Sirocco to our first present collectively. Being solely his second present and upping him to elementary degree, I went in with no expectations however to simply see the way it goes.
So I used to be amazed when he gained each lessons on 70% and 71.72%! He felt like he had finished all of it his life and was completely unfazed by every little thing. We’re but to be taught medium/prolonged trot and whereas I might simply critique each motion I did — for the place we presently are, we couldn’t have finished significantly better. I additionally discovered that I actually loved it! However most of all Sirocco cherished it, which made me adore it too. Ears pricked, eyes shining, he confirmed off his balanced easy modifications and sq. halts like the massive 17hh, excellent white-socked tremendous mannequin that he’s.
Sirocco and I
So as soon as I used to be on a roll, I took him again out once more the next week. We did the identical two elementary exams, however this time I pushed the facility button. We reach having extra energy, nevertheless it did then lead to a couple errors — canter-trot-canter is completely non-compulsory in accordance with Sirocco. However due to the added ‘ommph’ we got here away with improved scores of 71% in elementary 45 and 72.5% in elementary 59! In order that’s him all certified for the summer season regionals, so it’s again to coaching to get him up the degrees.
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Again dwelling it’s all methods go as arising quickly we’ve got Juliette and Apollo’s first worldwide! After Juliette’s full domination at regionals (the place she gained three lessons in at some point, two along with her personal pony Prince and one with Apollo), she has been going from energy to energy. Apollo is flourishing in his function as schoolmaster and they’re actually forming a partnership. Generally I get requested if I miss driving and competing Apollo, and actually I don’t, as I’m so completely satisfied and happy with watching him and Ju flourish collectively. So right here’s wishing them the perfect of luck for Keysoe CDI!
Anyway, I’m again off exterior now to benefit from the horses and the sunshine, which I believe everybody ought to do!
Till subsequent time,
Joanna x
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