after falling off the horse
on consistency, novelty and reactivation
When it comes to any forward progress, no matter what you’re doing, consistency is king. Even more, a consistent practice allows you to maintain a level of skill and preparedness required to perform your best.
When our consistency is interrupted, what happens next?
One of two things happens - the last time you did something was truly the last time.
You might need to reactivate. You know, begin again.
Beginning again can be fraught - especially if you lacked confidence initially.
Last year, I started riding horses. My children ride. I spent so much time with horses leaning to ride myself seemed like the next logical step. I progressed moderatly quickly, moving from walking to trotting to cantering - all within six months.
It wasn’t long after that I was launched from Coady’s back. I landed on my own back. It took months before the bruised ribs on this old fool felt anywhere better. Between the injury, time and financial considerations, I stopped riding. That was nine months ago. Now I…