Dear “I’ll Never Be In The 1D”

Dear “I’ll Never Be In The 1D”,

This is an open letter to you.

Let me start by saying I believe in you. I know you can because I have.

I know what it’s like to look in the mirror and feel like you’re not enough. Not a good enough rider. Not enough money. Not a big enough rig. Not a fancy bred horse. Not friends with a mucky muck trainer. Not popular enough. None of the fancy schmancy tack. Not able to go to all the races. Too far off the pace to even get noticed. Without the starched clothes and the latest fad style.

To look in the mirror and think I don’t have enough time. I’m not fit enough. I’m not talented enough. I don’t have the luck. I don’t have the connections. I have to work. There’s no way I can ride everyday. There’s no way I can ride before work. I need to take care of my family. My boss needs me to work overtime.

I can’t afford to go to the vet. The chiropractor. The dentist. The acupuncturist. The farrier. The Aquatred. The latest and greatest breathing treatment, NASA approved compression blanket, magnetic, ceramic therapy or the high powered lasers.

I don’t have access to the high octane formulated grains and supplements.

It just is what it is.

I am what I am.

I’ll never be in the 1D.


No Seriously.


Close your eyes and say this to yourself until you believe it.


And over.

And over.

I’m more capable than I give myself credit.

I’m the only one that needs to believe.

If I continue to move forward and try in good faith effort, I declare that I will accomplish my goals.

Now open your eyes.

And stop talking to yourself like a jerk.

You deserve better.

You deserve kindness.

Much Love,

The Cowgirl Manifesto

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