Well here we are, the last day of November. Which means it is the final day of the No Stirrups November challenge. This is the first time I have ever committed to doing a challenge like this. And I did it!
So while this isn’t a really long post, I just wanted to share my thoughts of how it went, and what I learned. Like I just said, I am so happy that I decided to participate in this challenge. It really helped me in more ways than I thought it would.
Now, just to make sure and get my calendar to the Chronicle of the Horse at midnight tonight so I can hopefully get that darn ribbon!!!
Final Thoughts and Reflections of No Stirrups November
So here it is, November 30, 2019, and the final day of the No Stirrups November Challenge.
I learned a lot about myself, and my horse while participating. And even though I couldn’t ride every day, I did ride more in the month of November than I did in the previous 3 months. For me, that is a huge win. I also found my confidence again. To be able to try new things with my horse and push myself just ever so slightly out of my comfort zone.
I didn’t achieve my goal of being able to be able to do a rising trot without stirrups around my arena, but that isn’t because I didn’t try, but it wasn’t safe to do so. Either because of frozen or snow covered ground as the challenge went on. But what I was able to do was ride, a lot. I should have made that my goal, but honestly I didn’t think about the challenge like that, and I should have. It doesn’t matter that I wasn’t cantering around my arena or even trotting mostly because of the conditions. What matter is that I did it. I made a point to commit to riding without stirrups and I was able to do it. I also realized that setting goals is good but being able to bend them is ok too.
I have never participated in a November challenge before, and I am glad I did. It taught me that just because the sun goes down before I get home, I can still ride. Where there’s a will there’s a way right? And that is what this challenge helped me to achieve.
And while Frisby was a good boy about being ridden so much, I also realized it really is time for him to officially be retired. We did this challenge in the memory of his buddy Ethan, and I think Ethan would be proud of him for how well he did. But now it’s time for Frisby to enjoy his retirement, while I search for another partner to continue my progress. I love you Frisby boy, and forever will. Now you can be the companion who gets cookies and loves while someone else does the work!