Fast forward to about 4 years ago, I found myself once again longing to ride. Having had some bad experiences at the last place I rode, my confidence was shaken, which had been tenuous to begin with. Determined to get back in the saddle, I started riding at Glendon Stables. After a few months in the riding school, I joined Nancy's program. Boy, did she have her work cut out for her! But after many, many hours of riding under Nancy's coaching, I think I have turned a corner at last. I have a new confidence in my riding, and I know my skills have improved immensely. I am now grasping concepts I had never been taught before, and understanding how correct riding is the foundation, and what that really feels like. My noodle legs are beginning to cooperate more, and I even have the occasional moment of excellence. I've had to unlearn a lifetime of bad habits and overcome some pretty intense anxiety and self-doubt, and I still work on it every single ride. Nancy has been ever-patient and consistent with me. She has pushed me when I felt I couldn't do better, or was too afraid. I've learned to trust her, and in turn, myself. Now, when that little voice of doubt and fear speaks, it's more of a whisper, and I can shush it much more easily. I now look forward to my lessons, where I used to dread them. I have found the barn where I belong.
I now feel that the time is right for me to challenge myself a little bit more, and go to my first "real" horse show. I've done some very small in-house schooling shows in past at other barns, but to me, those don't count. This will be my first official off-property, big-girl puddle-jumper horse show. Yes, the jumps will be tiny speed bumps but that's not important. I will never be Beezie Madden and that's ok. I'm ready to try something new, scary and exciting. Marilyn (my four legged partner) is an old pro and is ready to show me the ropes. Stay tuned for our show debut: coming next weekend! - Kerry (client at Glendon Stables)