Some days are not good. Social media, especially the social media of trainers, often makes people think they enjoy 100% pure success.
We don’t share the spills, the tears, the frustrations, or the moments we just can’t get anything done. Not as many posts where the baby is crying, it’s raining, and the horses are wild. We don’t share the pictures of horses heads in the air or tell people sometimes we don’t know what to do next. But it happens to everyone – and if they say it doesn’t happen to them they’re lying. I’ve had my fair share of muddy bottoms, tears, wondering what to do with a tough horse, hoping I can help a fearful student, and lack of certainty.
But a bad day is not the end of the world. When they happen, I like to remember this Emerson quote:
“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities have crept in, no doubt. Forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”
Horses are incredibly forgiving. Take a deep breath and start over when you feel better.