I was out riding last night. Specifically, I was riding a Quarter Horse gelding with a bit of an attitude.
One of the ways he sometimes expresses his attitude is by stopping before a jump and seeing if he can get you to "go ahead without him." This can result in an unpleasant fall. Or, worse, he'll duck out, and then you might fall into the jump support (Ow).
The trick to riding and jumping a horse that might change his or her mind at the last minute is to commit to the fence - but that also means you're more likely to fall off if they do.
On the other hand, if you don't commit, you aren't getting them over that jump.
So, this is a reminder:
If you commit to something, you may fail, and you may get hurt.
If you don't commit to it, you will fail.
Here's to committing and taking a few risks every now and then.