A happy thread: Celebrate what makes it work for you :)
There's much to bemoan these days, for many folks, it seems. But...let's celebrate instead! Who/what makes it work for you?
I'll start with my husband...my non-horsey husband. After three-and-a-half years of marriage with horses at home (he married into them...lol), the only things he's learned is how to feed treats, stack hay, dump the manure cart, and not do excessively spooky things while I'm riding. However, he never complains about the horses and the time and money that goes into them. He is genuinely happy to see me content doing "whatever it is I do" with them. I never have felt a moment of guilt or resentment from him regarding the lifestyle. When we occasionally go somewhere for a mini-vacation, he doesn't fuss that I have to work the schedule around the horsesitting availability. He's 100% supportive and considers the horses non-negotiable.
Then there's my horse. I've had him for 12 years. He was quite the project early on (a very nice animal, just full of himself), and for quite a while I thought he just wasn't what I wanted. But I've come to realize he's exactly what I need. He's dependable, predictable, and honest, but enough of a challenge to never make it easy. I've learned much from him because he's always made me work for every. little. thing. But he's a gem. I can take him anywhere. He loads, he waits, he's easily bought by food in any emergency...he's the horse of a lifetime.
Last but not least, I really appreciate my instructor. She does so many things to help me progress, even though I'm not too quick...lol. She's happy to accommodate my shedule and she doesn't begrudge necessary reschedulings. She knows when to say, "It's okay...do the best you can!" and when to say, "Suck it up...it's time to do or die!" When I feel frustrated, she reminds me of prior frustrations and how we have overcome them. She reminds me to just stay focused, keep working, and be patient. She makes lessons affordable and offers sound and thoughtful feedback about my goals and other "horsey" questions. She's interested in our well-being and doesn't make her goals our goals. In a nutshell, she's marvelous!
Now it's your turn. Go ahead, celebrate!