Stay in your lane! There are so many people out there trying to do the SAME thing as you and that’s ok! There’s going to be people that are better than you – LET THEM BE! You should want to grow and get better because YOU want to, not because you feel like you need to be better than the next person! Everyone has their own individuals’ strengths and weakness, just like you have yours! I think just focusing on what you are doing and trying to accomplish every day is the best thing to do for yourself and your sanity!
Never resort to viewing your horse as a machine. They are our partners, our confidants, and ultimately, our friends. Awards, ribbons, medals and titles are glorious, but nothing can compare to the bond we create between horse and rider. When we begin to use our equines as tools to achieve great success, we lose sight of what this sport conclusively embodies – the relationship, the dance, and the passion.