Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Lack of motivation

I've been struggling with motivation to ride lately.  Weekends are always busy, and since hubby doesn't like to go to the barn we usually skip it.  During the week work often keeps me away, especially during times like this week, when I find myself struggling with productivity — which, ultimately, cuts down on my time to ride.

Take today, for instance.  I met a friend — Spaghetti's owner — out at the barn to let our horses play together.  It was cold and I knew I had a lot of work waiting for me at home, though, so I didn't end up staying long enough to ride.  Panama got to play and graze a little (on what grass is left — it's slim pickings), but no work.

That means that we'll be going into tomorrow's lesson not having ridden at all since our last lesson.  Very frustrating, because there were things I wanted to work on before my next lesson.  But Michael decided to take Friday (the day before his birthday) off from work, and I knew I wouldn't want to have a lesson when he was home waiting for me.

What gets in the way of your rides?  What kills your motivation?

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At November 17, 2010 at 7:25 PM, Blogger Sydney_bitless said...

Rain gets in the way of my rides. And bitter cold wind. And ice. Thats about it. Oh and when my allergies threaten to kill me like on Monday. I really did not think I was going to make to home before I passed out.

 
At November 18, 2010 at 4:29 AM, Blogger Kate said...

I find this dark time of year very dispiriting. But even when I don't feel like it, I try to go to the barn and do something, anything, even if it's just spending time with my horses. And if I can, I try to follow the 10-minute rule - do something, anything, with the horse for at least 10 minutes and if you don't feel like doing any more just get off at that point. But often, if you can just get started, things improve.

We have no indoor, so I have to ride as and when I can. That gives me more motivation to ride I think.

 
At November 22, 2010 at 1:12 PM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

Sydney, I hear you about allergies, but mine usually get better at the barn -- it's whether or not I feel up to leaving the house! The weather usually doesn't get to me as much as it did the other day, since I have the indoor arena to ride in, but being outside in the cold during our playdate just sapped me of motivation.

Kate, I love your 10-minute rule! You're right, usually things get better and you end up being glad you rode. The only problem is how long it takes me to tack up -- I'm really slow, because of how much I fuss and fiddle around -- but maybe the solution is to get on bareback for 10 minutes. I certainly could use some more practice -- I haven't ridden bareback since my fall on the beach.

 

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