When it comes to social media and the internet, we tend to only share the best bits of our life, giving the impression of the perfect life. However, recent studies have shown that this can lead to mental health issues such as depression. Due to the unsociable hours of the equine lifestyle, equestrians are already more susceptible to mental health issues.
As an equestrian blogger, I love boasting about every little success we have and sharing it with the world. However, it is also important to talk about the lows. You can learn so much from these mistakes and setbacks, but also, it gives the outside world a more realistic view of your life, which is healthier for everyone!
I challenge all of you to be more honest about your horsey lifestyle. Write a blog post about how you came last in your show jumping show, share a photo of your horse jumping out of the dressage arena or tweet about how you road like a sack of spuds in your riding lesson and include the hashtag #HonestEquine. Let’s share a few frustrating and embarrassing moments to help improve mental health in the equine industry.