Last night my lovely friend Penny came to stay with us. This morning we went riding together. She rode Dexter and Noah rode Ladybird, and I walked alongside to make sure they were both ok.
Penny has to push herself to ride. After a few falls on other horses her confidence has been knocked.
Confidence when riding is so important. A horse tends to respect a confident rider and to listen to them and to what they want.
The great thing is that Dexter gives Penny confidence. He is a steady old friend that she has known for years. We went for a gentle plod, nothing too dramatic. Riding him on such a peaceful hack was the perfect tonic for her this morning.
Sometimes our natural instinct to be fearful of certain sports makes perfect logical sense. Riding horses can be a really dangerous activity.
The trouble is that if we love the sport we can be desperate to do it nonetheless. Penny loves horses and a bit of fear is not going to stop her!
Mindful is the perfect tool for helping in this situation because it can help us to see the best approach clearly. We can assess the risk and think of the safest way forward.
Pushing ourselves too much can put us off in this situation, had Penny set off across the fields the horses would have wanted a mad gallop which would probably have unnerved her again. Taking it easy at a comfortable level was the way forward and a clear mind made this obvious. Penny finished with a smile on her face and a bit more confidence than she started with.
For those of us who have a tendency to push ourselves to the limits Mindfulness can be a great way to bring more balance into our decisions.
If you would like to have a clear mind for better decision making book onto a Mindfulness session. You will LOVE the difference.