The end result of riding horses that would only gallop through a course was that I was incapable of seeing a shorter distance. Longer distances? Hell yeah. The problem with this was that the minute you put me on a horse that was properly trained that needed to be set up correctly in front of the jump, I started rushing, rushing, rushing him to take the long spot. By this time, I had switched to my awesome trainer Ron Howe, who had a bachelor's in Equine Studies with a major as equestrian teacher. He was super well-rounded as a trainer, and he was the first one to teach me that riding on the flat wasn't just w/t/c; there was a lot more to it than that. He was the one who introduced me to the basic concepts of dressage.
Ron put me on increasingly difficult and technical horses who required a lot of skill to get over fences. He said he would exorcise my previous trainer's ingrained bad habits one way or another. (Lol!) He gave me the tools to later be able to train by myself for years (I didn't find trainers of his caliber until I moved to the US) and to be able to figure out a horse within a few minutes of mounting up.
The one thing he yelled the most when I was approaching a fence? (You can see in the Sunlight photo why...)
"WAIT FOR THE JUMP!!"
And that's why I gave the blog that name, even though it's not even really about horses. It's because it applies to everything: to the quiet days in the ER as a vet tech waiting for the next emergency to come in through the door; it applies to waiting for your patient to adjust to the changes you made to his anesthesia before trying to make further changes; it applies to slowly increasing mileage or speed day by day, week by week, in order to clock in longer runs soundly; it applies to locking your hands around a heavy barbell and pulling up slowly, patiently, knowing that your body is going to be able to complete the lift; it applies to allowing things to fall into place so you can get to where you want to be next. As a rider, as a partner, as an athlete, as a professional. It applies to everything in life. Sometimes you can't bulldoze your way through things; sometimes you've already done everything you can, and you just have to sit back and wait for it to come.
See the distance, sit back, and let the jump come to you.
Wait for the jump.