This I Believe

Anne - Long Lake, Minnesota
Entered on October 30, 2007
Age Group: Under 18

This I Believe

Have you ever thought about what you truly believe in, and what you live your life by each day. When I think about these questions many ideas pop into my head. Whether it’s respect, friendship, care for others, or support. But still I realize there is something even greater that I live my life by. I believe in learning from my own mistakes and realizing what I have done wrong and making them better the next time.

Learning from my mistakes exists in many aspects of my life whether it’s friends, my education or responsibility. But it stands out the most with my horseback riding. I am a very competitive person and when it comes to horseback riding I want to do my very best because when I am out in the ring I have one shot to show the judges what I can do. In many cases I have very good rides and there are a few things I still need to work on. I still struggle on improving my posture, the length of my rein (it needs to be long and loose, with very little contact with the horse), and my timing on gait changes to give myself the best rail space. Each show I tend to improve on these things but I started out not even being able to keep my composure in the class because I was so upset of how much of a mess I was. When I look back to how I used to ride I realize that I took my mistakes and the criticism I would receive from my peers and I used that to motivate myself. Whenever someone told me that I did not do something right I tried so hard to improve it in order to prove them wrong and show them that I could do it. Showing horses for me is a passion I will always have, I love doing it and I strive to get better and better and to be the best equestrian I can be.

Living my life by this belief of learning from my mistakes can be very struggling but in order to improve I have to get through the hard times. I have realized that becoming a good equestrian takes time, motivation and a lot of practice. I believe I have the determination to be the best I can be and to learn from my mistakes as a horseback rider.