I chose to see this as light at the end of the tunnel - now here's hoping I can keep it in mind next time I get frustrated at my hands/heels/legs swinging. Whatever catches my ire on any given day! ;-)When you are frustrated and feeling like you’re riding worse than you used to, it’s often actually a sign of progress, that you are learning something new. You are not riding any worse than you have been, but your awareness has grown. The bad news is that you have always made these mistakes that you are now noticing and that are bothering you. The good news is that, whereas you never noticed them before, now you do, which enables you to fix them. You can only improve things that you are aware of. So, this frustration is actually a good thing, something to be happy and grateful about, because it marks the beginning of a new learning cycle.
When we are happy with our performance, it means that our awareness and our practical skills match each other. When our awareness has grown larger than our skill, we tend to be unhappy, because we feel incompetent. It’s the stage of conscious incompetence. We are aware of the mistakes we are making, but we can’t prevent them – yet. But even this unhappiness is a good thing, because it drives us to improve our skills, so that they match our awareness again. Then we are content for a short while… - until the cycle starts anew.
Apparently the above is built from a scale of competence:
Unconscious incompetence - doing stuff wrong and not knowing you're doing it wrong
Conscious incompetence - as Thomas Ritter writes
Conscious competence - consciously making the decision to do the right stuff
Unconscious competence - the holy grail of riding, doing the right stuff subconsciously, it just comes naturally
Unfortunately there is snow forecast for us here this weekend - hopefully it won't interrupt travel plans in any way! Smelly snow! We've had a lovely mild winter so far, I was really hoping it would stay that way and that we'd just skip the snow, ice & freezing temps for this year and skip straight into spring! Sadly weather appears to have other ideas, temps have dropped from 7-10C last week/earlier this week to 0-3C the last two days or so! :(
Ah the beauty of horses - always more to learn! :-D