I was watching the Kentucky Derby yesterday. Not usually the sport I subscribe to. I am rather concerned that horse-racing is only good for the people, and very not good for the horses. There is just so much injuries and death that happen in the sport. I’ve read that they are pushed far too much too quickly – that the horses should not be run until they are 5 years old, but are often pushed onto the track before they are 2, while their bones are still developing.
More research is necessary to set my head one way or another, but I do have my objections.
However, the winning jockey yesterday? He endeared himself to both BT and I really quickly – “The other horse he was just right there next to me…” (Quote)
However, today I am watching my favorite equestrian sport – Cross Country! I absolutely love cross-country! They value their horses, and the riders also get respect. Not like the jockeys don’t, but they don’t get to get the same quiet respect Cross-Country riders do. And I guess, you only win or get paid attention to in racing if you get 1st place. Which is totally not how life works. Being in first place is not the only thing that matters. But with cross-country, or even show-jumping, if you clear one jump and fail another, they still talk about the strategy, the beauty of the horses gallop, and stuff. Sure you didn’t win, but you are still awesome.
I like how Cross-Country feels so much more natural, than show-jumping or dressage. It’s like “I’m going for a ride on my horse in the park!” while they are also being filmed, timed and trying to do their best. The riders sometimes even pet their horses after a good jump, mid-course. 🙂
So, I was watching the Kentucky derby yesterday, and this commercial came on, and I liked it.
Tomorrow, I’m going to do something that would give me butterflies inside. I would rather give up and roll-over. But thinking of this commercial in terms of the small task I’m going to do tomorrow – I was like – I was able to do it before, “The courage is already inside” – I can do it tomorrow. It makes the butterflies subside, and give me a new state of mind.
I’m really afraid of the confrontation and rejection I may encounter tomorrow – I think I’m more worried about ambivalence and politeness than I am about out-and-out rejection, actually. I really just need to know, ya know? But the confrontation is the worst.
But, I can do it. I’ve done it, and it’s really not that big of a deal.
What is your favorite equestrian sport? Is there an equestrian sport you’ve always wanted to do?
Did you watch the Derby? What was your guess for 1st place?
What helps you when you are worried about the next day?