In preparation for the riding and showing season, a series of quotes by Thomas Edison makes profound sports psychology for dressage riders:
"Discontent is the first necessity of progress." ~ T.Edison
Brilliant riders have felt much discontent and do not flee from that feeling.
"Genius is one percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration." ~ T. Edison
Brilliant riders relentlessly work to solve the issues causing discontent and don't blame the horses, make excuses, or quit.
"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work." ~ T. Edison
Some dressage enthusiasts crave the glamour of the show ring and are blind to the real endeavor of competition ... because it is dressed in overalls and looks like... long term work.
"Many of life's failures are people who didn't realize how close they were to success when they gave up." ~ T. Edison
Thanks Thomas! That's good stuff!
Spring is filled with a to-do list and slowly things are getting done:
Although the huge scores the grey girls earned at the show demonstrated much talent and success, there was room for lots of improvement. Tuesday they were checked by Dr. Lisa Busko, DVM and alternative therapies for a chiropractic exam. On Friday they got their fall shots and teeth checked by Dr. Wallace. Sunday they were visited by Darell Coble (sp?) for an early morning, artistic photo shoot and then later in the morning by Dana Sparks, a rep for Custom Saddles who tweaked their saddle fit to perfection. The farrier is scheduled for the following week. Next week also has a PRP (platelet rich plasma) injection for Welle's left hind suspensory. Dr. Wallace ultrasound exam on Friday showed about 50% improvement so far. In between all that: lots of riding with my newly deepened seat that Sarah Geikie put on me two weeks ago in the clinic.... but right now, as Sunday evening sinks into the horizon, I need to go out to the patio to enjoy a conversation and a glass of wine with Bob...