If you’ve ever thought of
giving up on riding,
read this first.
BY PAMELA M. PREIB I went through a period this winter when I was contemplating whether it was time to give up and throw in the reins, so to speak. I seriously considered selling my beautiful, well-behaved Quarter Horse gelding and becoming a horseless rider. Part of it was the winter blues, but the other chunk was all tan- gled up in doubting my abilities, combined with a slew of what I recognize now as insignificant reasoning. Being a rider and a horse owner is more than just a casual hobby. It’s a deeply ingrained part
of daily life and personal identity. Could I really give that up?
As a person who deals with anxiety on a regular basis, my negative thinking was gnawing away at me. I had almost convinced myself that I could
actually follow through with selling my near-perfect gelding and driving off
in to the sunset.
Thankfully, I gave myself the time and attention this life-changing type
of decision takes. I started soul-searching and asking myself a few simple
questions, and was surprised to learn a number of things about myself in the
YOUR HORSE LIFE