Congratulations Natasha! - Your Riding Success

We want to explain the reason behind this blog… Natasha wanted to explain why she hesitated in her EQ life interview after the Christoff Hess Masterclass last weekend at the Melbourne 3 Day Event on a question about the future! – She is now 13 weeks pregnant (and just wasn’t able to announce it yet)! – Your Riding Success HQ

I LOVE goals, actions steps and plans that are as detailed as a daily plan right through to a 10 year life plan and 100 year life plan.

In 2011 I did my 10 year plan and had planned in the year 2013 we would have our first child.

I am very excited to share with you that Phil and I are expecting our first child on 23rd December 2013!!!! – Of course I am planning it will be on the 16th December; just to give us some more time before Christmas (insert cheeky wink here).

Tash and Abe June 2013

For those of you who know me personally, know that I have had pregnancy losses in the past and to maintain this pregnancy I was placed on aspirin and progesterone which worked perfectly… Of course my Obstetrician strongly encouraged me to refrain from riding and every appointment would check in that of course I wasn’t riding – which I replied – what answer do you want to hear?

The fact is I felt sick – unless I was riding; I felt tired – unless I was riding; and I felt and still feel more unbalanced and uncoordinated walking around then I ever do riding. I am only riding Abe – my one and only horse that I feel 100% connected to. Of course I know accidents can happen but if you know me – I am more likely to slip in the shower than anything else!

People have asked me if I think they should ride when they are pregnant and I say – how could I dare have an opinion on it! Only YOU know how you feel, your body, your horse, your baby. You know what is right for you. Trust that! I trust myself perfectly – right now I feel sensational when I ride – it feels right and safe and I am in my happy place. If or when that changes, I will change accordingly. I have no goals, no agendas, no I ‘have to’ ride to a certain time or date. I ride if I want to ride. I walk if I want to walk and canter if I want to canter. I don’t compete because I can’t do my pants up or get my jacket to close!! 🙂 Other than that riding is a choice I make with no pressure to do it or not do it in any particular way.

Tash and Abe June 2013

Of course I have plans though! I plan to be riding straight away! So in 2014 I will compete at small shows in either late Jan or Feb and look forward to competing in Dressage with the Stars in March. I will be there also for Nationals and Victorian Dressage Championships as I unfortunately miss them this year!

As always I approach my goals and plans with the acknowledgment that they do change, but also knowing without any goals or plans I won’t get to where I need to be 🙂

I trust your riding and goals are right where they need to be, and you are having as much fun as I am with the riding 🙂

To Your Success,

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P.S. Keep smiling! 🙂

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