BLOG: Equestrian question: What is Transition?

by Kathy Gorsky

​When I ask a student during a lesson, “What is a transition?”, I usually get a fairly predictable answer.

When I ask a student during a lesson, “What is a transition?”, I usually get a fairly predictable answer. I get something like, “It’s when your horse goes from walk to trot” or “It’s when you try to slow down or speed up.” Of course, these answers are correct. But there is a better, more all-encompassing answer. A transition is a change.

Recently, I made a transition to a new barn. I have been teaching at the same facility for 7 years, and making the decision to move on did not come easily. It’s often easier and more comfortable to stay where we are, to stick with the familiar, and to ignore the cues that tell us that it’s time for a change. But sometimes we need to step out of the comfort zone and take that big first step that could lead to an exciting, fresh chapter in our book.

I think the hardest thing about taking the plunge is that every new hello is inevitably accompanied by a goodbye. And I hate goodbyes. At least the horse world is a small one and, most likely, many of the people and horses that I have left behind will reappear off and on. I will probably see them at horse shows and clinics, and I’ll keep up with their lives on Facebook. This doesn’t make it easy to leave, only a bit easier.

The thing that makes it easiest, however, is the thrill of a new adventure on the horizon. The promise of making new friends, both human and horse, is such an exciting prospect! I am so looking forward to the possibilities that now appear before me and I can’t wait to see what lies ahead. Transition is hard, yes. But it comes with its own reward, too exciting to ignore.

Kathy Gorsky
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Kathy Gorsky

Kathy Gorsky has been a riding instructor for over 30 years. She is also the coach of an Interscholastic Equestrian Association team for Full Circle Farm in Manchester, CT. Kathy's blog, School Horse Chronicles, helps her to share some of her experiences as a riding instructor with other instructors, riding students, parents, and anyone else who enjoys horses.