I don’t like the word “perfect”. I don’t believe “perfect” exists. Even nature has flaws. If we use the word perfect in relation to our horses and our expectations in performance, I believe we are setting ourselves up to fail. When we set the bar at “perfect”, we give ourselves unrealistic goals. Those unrealistic goals lead to immense pressure on our horses and on ourselves. It sucks the joy out of everything. Instead of “perfect”, insert the word “progress”. Ride for ”progress”. Reward the little tries. Give yourself and your horse some grace by not expecting perfection and celebrating little achievements.
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