2. Jumping, hacks – what do you really want to do?
Think about the things you used to especially enjoy doing with your horse. Routines can change, and it might occur to you that you used to love going on long Sunday hacks, or regular jumping sessions. If you find yourself yearning for those things, start up again. Sometimes our larger goals (“I want to train to be a better dressage rider”, or “I have to build up my horse’s muscles”) get in the way of such desires. To get some ideas for more variety, ask your friends: “What did you and your horse do in training last week?” Gather input from videos, films, magazines and books. Discover what sparks joy! (For me, it was rediscovering that I like to jump! I have more confidence to just do it since I found someone who gives me terrific assistance from the ground!)