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faraway46
May. 31, 2011, 06:27 PM
After a long thread or two on being burned out and bummed, I wanted to post my favorite Youtube inspirational vids. These give me the "I want that" or "I can do this" feeling when my energy is not at it's peak.
I'd love to see what makes the rest of the COTHers peak. It's always useful to have some spirit fuel!
Here are mine:
The face on Eric Lamaze's face when he notices he just cleared and won the medal is priceless:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-BqJqHpH7bc

This speech by Stallone to his son in Rocky something. At the end he says something so true...just get up and keep going:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Z5OookwOoY

This last one leaves you with one true fact...you cannot fail if you don't give up!:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZlXWp6vFdE&feature=related

Let me see your now!
Thanks!
Viv

fordtraktor
May. 31, 2011, 08:03 PM
If I am bummed about some issue I am having with my riding, I just watch some rounds of McLain Ward and Sapphire. They remind me of what I am supposed to look like, then I visualize it when I ride. It always amazes me how much it does help, especially since I ride alone without a trainer most of the time. If you want to be the best, try to ride like the best!

Youtube is my pocket trainer.

FertilizerLeaves
May. 31, 2011, 09:49 PM
So, not so much inspirational but it gets me psyched up when a previous lesson went bad or things aren't going well and I have to drag myself to the barn. Fort Minor: Remember the name -
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h84OAp_LYKA

It's hard to use a current example because as a re-rider I don't have my own horse (yet!) but my 'reason' for continuing as a junior was because of my horse. I had been riding for a while and my parents had better things to spend money on than what could have been a passing interest like seemingly every sport I have played in my entire life! Anyway, my mom ( supportive of my horsey habit) had been doing some work for this lady at a barn. There was a white Arabian, whose owner had neglected and abused. Her board hadn't been paid in months and whatever 'deal' was made (I was 12 at the time, I don't know), this horse was supposed to go to a glue factory.

In exchange for the work my mom did, we got this horse. She had terrible ground manners and was shy to literally everything. You couldn't put a halter on her, bathe her, lead her, nothing. She had lost all trust in people. This horse and I just clicked. It took a lot of effort, time, and falls, but we worked through each and every problem we had. Granted, it was just me and my mom. Anyway, even though I liked showing and can be very competitive, I dont show just to beat people (or try to!). It's an experience that I enjoy. And that was one thing we really wanted to do with her. She had never been to a show before, so we prepared for the worst. But the whole time, every step was because we have to do this for her. We can't let her life be the one she knew before. And as a result, she always tried to do everything we asked. Unfortunately she later died of cancer.

P.s. Me and my ragamuffin Arabian got grand champion for the season.

P.p.s. I found our ribbons and plaques while moving and decided to start riding again. This time, for my benefit more so, and I plan to rescue another horse. She taught me a lot, but what I still do everyday is to always have great turnout. It doeant matter if something costs 50 or 5000 dollars, it needs to be clean and well presented.

doublesstable
Jun. 1, 2011, 02:53 AM
I put on the bareback pad and go ride. If I find I am getting burned out of show stuff I spend more time just hanging out with my horses playing.....

tidy rabbit
Jun. 1, 2011, 10:49 AM
I got frustrated over the weekend with a ride. :( I can't seem to shake it. A week before a big show in KY and I had some rails down in a course. :( Makes me think of not going to the show now.

So I go back and look at pictures and videos and think that I CAN DO THIS and everyone has off days, including the horses.

So here is a recent picture that cheers me up. This is my now 5 y.o. looking fabulous. http://pets.webshots.com/photo/2981868600048495570SnXywm

My eq, not so much in this picture, but my horse!!! He looks great. So I tell myself... hold onto the good, let go of the bad.

and another one that makes me happy! http://pets.webshots.com/photo/2182383960048495570bgJHIk

Sometimes I think of going to a hypnotist. I've thought I want to be hypnotized so I can block out everything around me, including who is standing at the rail or ingate watching. LOL. I need some tunnel vision.

faraway46
Jun. 1, 2011, 02:49 PM
I got frustrated over the weekend with a ride. :( I can't seem to shake it. A week before a big show in KY and I had some rails down in a course. :( Makes me think of not going to the show now.

So I go back and look at pictures and videos and think that I CAN DO THIS and everyone has off days, including the horses.

So here is a recent picture that cheers me up. This is my now 5 y.o. looking fabulous. http://pets.webshots.com/photo/2981868600048495570SnXywm

My eq, not so much in this picture, but my horse!!! He looks great. So I tell myself... hold onto the good, let go of the bad.

and another one that makes me happy! http://pets.webshots.com/photo/2182383960048495570bgJHIk

Sometimes I think of going to a hypnotist. I've thought I want to be hypnotized so I can block out everything around me, including who is standing at the rail or ingate watching. LOL. I need some tunnel vision.

Ooooooh! I always love your colorful jumpers. I've always wanted a flashy ride!
I was asking about sport psychology and who has gone to therapy in another post. As we all know, the mind of an athlete is vital. Until now, only one person has gone and found a great difference. I was also considering in trying one...
Check the post out if you want...
Once again, congrats on the horses!
Viv

tidy rabbit
Jun. 1, 2011, 02:52 PM
When I lived in California, I had a sports pyschologist who would come to my office. Oh that was great! She understood about horse showing and it was really helpful.

If I knew of a good one here in my area, I would totally hire him/her.

And thanks! :)

faraway46
Jun. 1, 2011, 10:52 PM
...with David O'connor riding bridleless. It's amazing how well they are together!
I see that type of vid and it makes me want to do that. Those things pump me up!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ImzUgnhV-EU&feature=related

greenwoodeq
Jun. 2, 2011, 02:14 AM
There is one video that is so inspirational but i just can't seem to find... at HITS thermal a couple of years ago Rich Fellers was in one of their grand prixs and they played a video of Flexible on the screen before his round. It was all about his injuries and recoveries and it was so touching I feel like everyone (including a lot of the other riders) were rooting for this horse to win. loved it!

Anyplace Farm
Jun. 2, 2011, 02:08 PM
Watching any vids by GM always does it for me. USEF's free online coverage of his Horsemastership Clinic (http://www.usefnetwork.com/featured/GeorgeMorris2011/)this past January is all I'd need to give me ideas for keeping my rides fresh and interesting.

People just need to be creative and resourceful. I have tons of books (http://anyplacefarm.wordpress.com/bedside-table/)to keep me going. I ride almost completely by myself so I know a thing or two about staying out of a rut. And I never feel bad about buying a new one without finishing another. For me, it is all about keeping things interesting for me and my horse. He definitely loves it when we do more complex moves on the flat and do fun things over cavaletti or gymnastics.

MorganLuvr848
Jun. 2, 2011, 03:28 PM
I got frustrated over the weekend with a ride. :( I can't seem to shake it. A week before a big show in KY and I had some rails down in a course. :( Makes me think of not going to the show now.

So I go back and look at pictures and videos and think that I CAN DO THIS and everyone has off days, including the horses.

So here is a recent picture that cheers me up. This is my now 5 y.o. looking fabulous. http://pets.webshots.com/photo/2981868600048495570SnXywm

My eq, not so much in this picture, but my horse!!! He looks great. So I tell myself... hold onto the good, let go of the bad.

and another one that makes me happy! http://pets.webshots.com/photo/2182383960048495570bgJHIk

Sometimes I think of going to a hypnotist. I've thought I want to be hypnotized so I can block out everything around me, including who is standing at the rail or ingate watching. LOL. I need some tunnel vision.


He is a beautiful horse! Every horse will make mistakes. Just keep your head up and keep trying! It always gets better! =D

Anyplace Farm
Jun. 2, 2011, 03:41 PM
So here is a recent picture that cheers me up. This is my now 5 y.o. looking fabulous. http://pets.webshots.com/photo/2981868600048495570SnXywm



He is ADORABLE! So fancy and what a face!

tidy rabbit
Jun. 2, 2011, 04:22 PM
He's a cute patoot for sure! :) Thanks for the encouraging words too!

SmileItLooksGoodOnYou
Jun. 2, 2011, 04:52 PM
I got frustrated over the weekend with a ride. :( I can't seem to shake it. A week before a big show in KY and I had some rails down in a course. :( Makes me think of not going to the show now.

So I go back and look at pictures and videos and think that I CAN DO THIS and everyone has off days, including the horses.

So here is a recent picture that cheers me up. This is my now 5 y.o. looking fabulous. http://pets.webshots.com/photo/2981868600048495570SnXywm

My eq, not so much in this picture, but my horse!!! He looks great. So I tell myself... hold onto the good, let go of the bad.

and another one that makes me happy! http://pets.webshots.com/photo/2182383960048495570bgJHIk

Sometimes I think of going to a hypnotist. I've thought I want to be hypnotized so I can block out everything around me, including who is standing at the rail or ingate watching. LOL. I need some tunnel vision.

Tidy- Your Horse is gorgeous and you're doing awesome! Don't get down on yourself for a hard day or a rough ride. We all have them. Having rails isn't the worst thing by a long shot.

Also- I'm sending you a PM. :yes:

eqgirl228
Jun. 5, 2011, 10:54 PM
These are some of my favorite videos:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDPsJXMX_nQ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dtvkaZHE-0c

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AYwZb7Uv6XE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-qQdu5mFig

and finally

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNzSYMk7trg

Horseymama
Jun. 5, 2011, 11:39 PM
This is a fun video: http://youtu.be/aWzID-JQxQ4

CaliZ
Jun. 5, 2011, 11:47 PM
Might not be inspirational for everybody, but I love this.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bK-jpwB3N5c

faraway46
Jun. 6, 2011, 01:14 PM
These are some of my favorite videos:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDPsJXMX_nQ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dtvkaZHE-0c

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AYwZb7Uv6XE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-qQdu5mFig

and finally

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNzSYMk7trg

I added the #3 and #4 to my favorite's list.
These type of vids are the ones that pump you up on those days that you have doubts, those days you feel the road has suddenly turned too long...
These are the ones that fuel you up and get your motor running again...
Keep 'em coming!
Viv

faraway46
Jun. 6, 2011, 01:17 PM
This is a fun video: http://youtu.be/aWzID-JQxQ4

...when Beezie (I think it's her...) points at her horse...it really all adds up to that, right?
Thanks!

PS: the title is great, also...

doublesstable
Jun. 9, 2011, 03:58 AM
I ran across this video tonight and it made me want-a go jump! And I love Beezie - she's someone I would love to meet!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v6LgeusvPPU&feature=related

karasha
Jun. 9, 2011, 04:45 AM
Before entering the ring, I always think of this video. It really pushes me to move forward and keep going. Whether it be that I'm exhausted from showing all day or because I fear the jump height, it always puts confidence, bravery, and courage back into me.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kxBKuZ7EC-0

"We play to be apart of something much bigger than ourselves.
We join together, we believe in one another, and we push each other to achieve a level of greatness that can only be reached when we all work as one [...]
I tell our guys "Don't worry about the things you can't control. It's a waste of your time and a waste of mine. The only things you can control [...] are effort and attitude. If you give 100 percent of both I assure you will see results".
Resist the temptation to buy into the hype; it will only serve to distract and move us further from our goal.
Keep your blinders on and sharpen your focus.
Grasp the urges of now, and win this pitch. Good, now do it again.
Then, when the last pitch is finally won, and the dust settles, only then will we learn the answer to the question everyone is asking.
But know this, a single game or a single series does not define a champion. A true champion emerges in the early morning hours, a determined force, wet with sweat, deprived of breath, mentally driving his body beyond fatigue, beyond pain beyond reason to the point of exhaustion.
How far an athlete will push the limit when no one is watch.THAT is the essence of a champion.
So the next time you are out early one morning and happen to catch a glimpse of athlete hitting the wall and pushing through. Take pause. Look closer. And feel fortunate for what you are witnessing."

faraway46
Jun. 9, 2011, 04:09 PM
Before entering the ring, I always think of this video. It really pushes me to move forward and keep going. Whether it be that I'm exhausted from showing all day or because I fear the jump height, it always puts confidence, bravery, and courage back into me.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kxBKuZ7EC-0

"We play to be apart of something much bigger than ourselves.
We join together, we believe in one another, and we push each other to achieve a level of greatness that can only be reached when we all work as one [...]
I tell our guys "Don't worry about the things you can't control. It's a waste of your time and a waste of mine. The only things you can control [...] are effort and attitude. If you give 100 percent of both I assure you will see results".
Resist the temptation to buy into the hype; it will only serve to distract and move us further from our goal.
Keep your blinders on and sharpen your focus.
Grasp the urges of now, and win this pitch. Good, now do it again.
Then, when the last pitch is finally won, and the dust settles, only then will we learn the answer to the question everyone is asking.
But know this, a single game or a single series does not define a champion. A true champion emerges in the early morning hours, a determined force, wet with sweat, deprived of breath, mentally driving his body beyond fatigue, beyond pain beyond reason to the point of exhaustion.
How far an athlete will push the limit when no one is watch.THAT is the essence of a champion.
So the next time you are out early one morning and happen to catch a glimpse of athlete hitting the wall and pushing through. Take pause. Look closer. And feel fortunate for what you are witnessing."

Such truth! I though what one felt at times was hard to put in words, but this nails it!

karasha
Jun. 9, 2011, 06:39 PM
^ That video literally leaves me in tears, as well as some of the other showers in my barn. There is so much truth to that speech.

jaslyn1701
Jun. 9, 2011, 07:44 PM
Two things, no three, keep me going during the "rough" times.

I bought my first horse a little over a year ago. We have been slowly playing the getting to know you and trust you game.

The first "I can do this" came last winter when I had the pleasure and privilege of working what was supposed to be a 3 day GM clinic, but ended up only being one because he was ill. But that one day! I learned so much from watching Mr. Morris - if he can keep going at 70 something, I can keep pushing at 55.

The second thing, and far more important - is my trainer/barn owner. Last winter, my horse was looking a bit thin, so she changed his feed. The next time I rode, it felt like I had a ticking time bomb under me. I arranged for my trainer to ride him at the beginning of my next ride. Of course, he was perfect (she had also adjusted his feed). During her ride, she asked if I minded if she had some fun - not at all said I. I got to watch her take my horse over every jump in the arena - and the look on his face, soft, easy and totally enjoying himself, made me want to be able to do that with him.

The third is that I don't have a riding agenda, I can just enjoy my horse. We don't have to show, we do when I want to. There is no pressure on either of us.

anthem35
Jun. 10, 2011, 10:14 AM
I was totally burned out a few years ago by an over-bearing control frak trainer who MADE me show every weekend....( or, I risked "never getting better"..what did I know? I was a beginner...I have since learned better ;)
So, I hung up my breeches, and went Barrel racing!
Its' the most fun that can be had in 14 seconds!!
The people were AMAZING, ( western folk are a BREED apart...NONE of the horse show snobbery I was getting all too used to) The horses were SO FUN and HAPPY, and it was CHEAP!!!!!
It totally reminded me how much fun riding could be....
With me new perspective, I set off to spend my first winter at WEF, and in every way, it changed my life :)