Our lesson barn posted this and I love it!
Lets talk about the “hard” horse.
We’ve got some gritty lesson kids. They walk in the barn and say “give me the hard horse”. They smile when they look at the lesson horse sheet and see their name written next to “so and so”. Their legs fall off during their lesson, they kiss the dirt once or twice, they have mini melt downs when things don’t go their way….. but they always come into the barn and ask for the “hard horse”.
Why ride a horse that you feel does not listen AT ALL? Why ride the horse with a mind of it’s own? Why ride the horse that says no when you say PUHLEEAASSSEEEE?! For the 12,000 time in one ride?
Our lesson kids do this because they are smart, and fierce and so, so strong. They know that by getting the hard horse, they are becoming the best rider they can be. They’ve learned to communicate through conflict and they have learned to compromise with a 1,200lb beast, that let’s be real, can do whatever the heck they please 90% of the time. They know that for every lesson that will be a struggle, they will learn something. They will end their lesson proud of their accomplishments.
Now the crazy thing is, any horse can be the “hard horse”. One person’s unicorn, is someone else’s hardest horse ever. That’s because each horse presents a different challenge to each student. A hard horse could be one that won’t move, has refusals, or goes too dang fast sometimes. Everybody battles different hardships.
We love our lesson kids that don’t want the easy way out, the push and go. They want real. They want to challeng themselves. It develops great riders. There is no mediocrity here.
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POTS is alot like choosing to ride the hard horse. Well maybe chose is the wrong word! But POTS is like having to choose to go every day. You choose to get up, you choose to move you choose to push pass limits that most people wouldn’t even think about having to deal with.
Nic’s hard horse is Dixie – Dixie has a mind of her own and a fear of EVERYTHING! (real or imagined) Dixie refuses to go right – but Nic gets on her every week and makes her go right (when she’d rather go left) Nic makes her go right because they both have to learn to go the route that doesn’t always work for them.
Life with POTS is like this, choosing to go the route that isn’t easy, the route that means getting out of bed when you don’t want to, the route that says this headache isn’t going to stop me from living today.
POTS is riding the hard horse each and every day! My fighter she rides her hard horse in real life 2 – 3x a week (honestly she’d ride every day if I let her) and in her illness she rides her hard horse sometimes 10x a day. When she chooses to stay at school, when she chooses to go on even with a headache that most of us would be in bed with. She chooses to ride the hard horse.
So the next time life throws you a curve, are you going to choose to ride the hard horse?
Personally, there are days where I am riding Nikki and there are days I am choosing to ride Dixie! Today I am choosing the hard horse!