I have great intentions each week. I want to ride three times each week and each week I start the week thinking its really going to happen. Then work, kids, volunteering, barn chores, family obligations, laundry, travel, the dishes that I swear multiply as fast as the single socks from the dryer vanish ..... well..... then the riding just doesn't happen.
I do a great job of making sure that my horses are taken care of well. They have good hay, fresh water, the most appropriate feed, and any medications they need. They are fed twice a day and have access to a nice pasture and shelter. The part that doesn't happen in their care is the regular riding. And that keeps us from moving along in our training.
I like riding. Shoot.... really lets be honest.... I LOVE riding. So why don't I do it more often? I should be out there everyday riding.
Probably it comes down to the reason why every mother doesn't do the things they want to do. We are last on the list of priorities. Our family and community come first and if there is an extra minute in the day, that belongs to us. And there is rarely an extra minute.
One commitment I have to my family is that I try not to get hurt when riding. Riding can be dangerous and I accept that but I do what I can to limit the danger. For that reason I try not to ride alone which limits even more the amount that I can ride since its rare someone is at the barn. For years I never rode alone but eventually I realized that wasn't feasible if I wanted to ride even occasionally.
So now if I am riding alone I call or text a friend with this great message, "I'm getting on now. If I don't call you back in 45 minutes, send an ambulance." I have a group of friends I do this with and we all feel safer that we have a safety net .. just in case. Its not a perfect plan but it does help us get on our horses more often.
So how do you make time for riding? Help this overworked, under-riding Mom out with some ideas.