I have always disliked the word perfection for many reasons. One of the main ones is that I see it holding people back so much. I for one are so far from perfection its not funny, from my terrible spelling, through to my work getting in the way of riding, through to my bad habits holding me back in the saddle. But the things is being aware of these things and using them to help you develop strategies to overcome them is the key.
The thing is no one is perfect and its a dangerous word that stands in the way of people experiencing life and going out there and living life! Dressage is one of those sports where we are aiming for perfection, but the truth is you should never focus on this. You should instead be focusing on training your horse in a correct and sustainable way. About developing a relationship with your horse and going on a journey together.
As much as you focus on your horses training, you should be focusing on your rider training. Building your knowledge, your education and your experience to gain confidence and understanding of your body, the horses body and the balance we are trying to achieve in our training. This doesn’t come from perfection. This comes through sustainable time in the saddle and gathering information to help you along the way.
Nothing in life is perfect, its an illusion. If you wait until things are perfect you are missing out on the greatness that is participating in life. Every failure is a learning opportunity and is one step closer to your goal.
Don’t be afraid to try and fail, in fact expect it and use it as education. Everyone successful person has failed and have been far from perfect. The key is to keep moving forward and keep participating. You don’t know what you don’t know and your horse you have right now is your biggest and best teacher in the entire world. Listen to them, grow with them and surround yourself with people who can help you to develop into the rider you want to become.
You have the power to do amazing things, don’t let perfection hold you back. Go out there and start on your road to success.