Here’s what you’ve been waiting for! The Budweiser Clydesdales make their Super Bowl appearance.
Thursday it was nearly 60 degrees. Yesterday, we had about six inches of snow. Today it was in the high 30s and all that pristine white snow called to me. It was a perfect day to ride.
Zelda and I stayed out of the woods — there was still a lot of snow falling from the trees. Big, heavy pieces of snow and ice. I didn’t make it out until the afternoon, but even then there were great untouched swathes of snow. It’s absolutely irresistible.
Of course it was irresistible to others as well. Zelda didn’t mind the cross country skiers much, but for some reason the snowshoers were very, very scary.
The snow was so wet and heavy that even late in the day, many of the trees were still bent over by the weight of the snow. Some of the same silver birches that shone like a beacon in the sun just a few days ago.
This blog posting is spot on. When George Morris says even he has to practice his guts, you know that it applies to every level rider.
I got similar advice many years ago after I had broken my hand in a jumping accident. I had started riding again but was afraid to jump. She said, “start small — Trot or canter poles on the ground. When that gets boring, make it a cross rail. Do that ten times, a hundred times, or several hundred times. When that gets boring, step up the challenge.”
At the time that happened, I had decided that I would concentrate on dressage. But I got bored. I took her advice.
It took me awhile, but eventually I was jumping again. Not just in a ring, but cross country jumps. I kept practicing and I got braver. Incrementally at first, but it worked.
A few years after that, I started to foxhunt. After I’d broken my hand, it was the last thing I could have imagined doing.
Unfortunately, what I also know is that you must keep practicing those guts because they are easily lost!
As the 2016 Super Bowl approaches, let’s focus on what’s really important. The Budweiser Clydesdales. This compilation shows the training and hard work that goes into our favorite commercials. Plus, I just love the Clydesdales.