“Amy, why do you keep talking about this therapy stuff? I’m not crazy, and I don’t see how it has anything to do with riding. I don’t need therapy!”
Well, dear reader, here is why I think you need therapy to be a better rider.
-have you ever been involved with a toxic, nasty trainer, or a harmful, nasty clique of horse people? Therapy can help you understand how that situation developed, why that person was able to have that kind of sway over you, why you felt small, and what to do about it to prevent it from happening again.
-have your emotions ever gotten the best of you? Anger? Fear? Impatience? Intolerable self consciousness? Anxiety? Dread? All of the above?? Therapy can help sort out what you feel, why, and what you can do about it.
-have you ever tried to “keep up with the jonses” by getting the latest saddle, most popular horse breed, worked with the new trainer, the right kind of hat, the right breeches, and still feel unfulfilled? Therapy can explain why we try to fill the void with things, what the void is and what to fill it with instead.
-have you ever felt so unsure of yourself, the path you’re on, and what others think of you? Therapy can help you discover confidence in your journey!
So you see my friends, we all have been in situations or frames of mind that could be benefited by coaching of some kind. After all, Ray hunt said, “you’re not working on your horse. You’re working on yourself.”
Don’t squirm away from the uncomfortable work of self development. It’s not easy, but it’s so worth it.
Here’s me in the muck of my subconscious 😎