Open Letter Equestrian Reflections
As horse riders, we never stop growing and learning. The endless opportunity for personal growth and increased proficiency keep us engaged in equestrian sports for years, decades, or even a lifetime.
And, just like that, we forget…
- We forget where we started and how far we’ve come.
- We forget why past worries and challenges seemed so overwhelming.
- We forget to appreciate the mistakes that shaped us most.
- We forget to reflect on early experiences with present-day wisdom.
- We forget to honor the horses who were our earliest teachers.
- We forget how badly we once wanted what we now have.
Living in the present is valuable in many ways. Reflecting on the past, however, is equally valuable. That’s what our “Letters to My Rookie Self” series is all about.
Think back to a specific time, age, or circumstance when you could have used a dose of wisdom, perspective, or assurance from Future You. Think about what you needed to hear most. Think about what you wish you could have known. Think about how you handled challenges. Think about the horse(s) who made you the rider you are today. Then…
Write an open letter to your past equestrian self.
Email your 300+ word letter, or send a Word or Google Doc to firstname.lastname@example.org, and include a high-resolution image to accompany your story (optional). We’ll select stories to feature on HorseRookie.com throughout the year.*Read a Sample Letter
Happy trails & happy writing!
P.S. Need a little inspiration? Check out What I Know Now: Letters to My Younger Self by Ellyn Spragins. In fact, just buy yourself a copy. It’s that good.