I’m going to @horsebalance clinic in Norway this weekend and I’m kinda freaking out😵 It’s the first time we’re attending a clinic. I have this fear for clinics where people are watching and I’m also afraid that the trainer will think I’m stupid🙃 but I guess I just have to dive in and hope for the best 😂 I’m also afraid of people judging me for whatever reason and on clinics it’s often a lot of people watching. I’ve had Farruco for two years soon and we’ve worked so hard on him getting comfortable with himself and not having pain that he’s been struggling with. He’s pain free now, but he’s been walking wrong for so long trying to have less pain. Now that he’s finally pain free he’s still waking weird because he’s used to walking that way to have less pain. We try to “wake up” his body to realize it’s not necessary anymore, but it will take a loooong time if it’s ever going to work😅 As long as he’s not in pain, I’m happy and I don’t care if he walks a bit weird, but people often comment it saying that he’s lame. Well I know, ok?😂 This is something I’m afraid people watching clinics will comment on behind my back without me being able to tell what’s actually going on🙄 And no, we aren’t champions and good at this and that. I’ve just focused on our relationship and that’s something I’m really proud of. In a world of people constantly competing against each other, I’m glad I’ve managed to just be. Just be with him and not stressed about being better than others. I think Farruco is happy with that too, and his love and trust is enough for me.
I really have to learn to care less, but it’s hard😂
I do look forward to the clinic tho, many awesome people are attending💛 I hope this weekend will give us a kick in the butt and a lot of motivation for the time to come😍
Around this time three years ago, I was participating in what became my final Arabian Youth Nationals. At this show especially, I started to pay a lot more attention to how horses were treated at shows & how they reacted to such treatment, eventually concluding that even kinder & gentler riders were still unintentionally treating their horses unfairly by forcing them to submit to their will with their equipment, not allowing them to participate in regular horse behaviors by depriving them of socialization with other horses, and, overall, depriving them of choice & freedom. Though I do occasionally miss competing at horse shows, I’m much happier with loving & valuing my horses without doing so!! Horses are worth so much more than merely their ability to be ridden & shown 😊 They’re valuable ASIDE from just what they can do for humans; they’re individuals