I know. I promise I’m going somewhere with this.
Coach Daniel Stewart tells a priceless story about an eventer who got hit in the chest by a DUCK - while ON the CROSS COUNTRY COURSE.
She was leading after the dressage phase.
She was making time on course.
And a duck flew smack into her chest.
The good news? She stayed on her horse.
The notsogood news? She withdrew from the competition.
It was an experience that offered a really good opportunity to learn the value of a whole host of qualities that may have allowed her to get hit by that duck and keep moving past the flying feathers, on to finish her course.
Focus. Confidence. Stability. Resilience.
I know, you’re thinking - what are the chances I’ll get hit in the chest by a DUCK?
I’ll agree that the probability of that very same thing happening is pretty low.
But here, the duck is simply a metaphor for all of the things that can be our own personal ducks - the things that can get in the way of our own abilities to succeed.
Runouts. Refusals. Missed movements. Judges and Judgy McJudgersons.
We all have a duck or two (or three? Some of us like ducks...) hidden away in our mental tack trunks.
And even though ducks are so dang cute, they honestly have no place in the saddle with us.
This week, are you willing to count your ducks if I promise to share some tools to let those suckers go? Share below!