Once upon a time, my horse was lame for 4 months at the beginning of the year.
Oh wait, that was this year.
Therefore, I didn’t get around at setting goals until July when I figured that he was (hopefully) not on the verge of being lame forever and I had successfully moved barns. I definitely did not accomplish all that I set out to… can I use the excuse that we only had six months?
No? Okay… well here’s how we ended up.
Get a clean change while doing a course at home or at a show
YES! We got two clean changes this year… both completely on accident. Simon routinely gets clean ones with my trainer (who is way more awesome than me), but they’re not 100%. They may never be 100%, but we proved they can happen. I am going to need to ride a lot better to get these to come out more, but at least it’s possible!
Do the horse strides for an entire course while in control
NOPE! While occasionally we get the strides… it’s not often. He doesn’t naturally have a long stride and his go to response is to be quite tense, so relaxation and added strength should help this. I think the strides are doable for us, but like everything – it will take some work.
Trot/Canter 5 minutes straight with no stirrups
NOPE! To be fair, in my head I changed this goal to “posting trot with no stirrups for 5 minutes”… which is harder. Still, I failed. I timed myself last week, and the longest I could go posting the trot was 2 minutes without stopping. This is an improvement from 30 seconds, but still needs work.
Lose 15 lbs
NOPE! Don’t want to talk about it, but I made basically 0 progress.
Learn to braid tails
NOPE! However, I can say they are much much better! Also, I only practiced twice… I need to practice a lot more to get this passable for a rated show which is what I count as braiding tails.
Complete an under saddle class without losing our cool
NOPE! Sigh. Our flat class woes continue.
Go to a horse show without duck taping my boots
YES! To be fair, this goal only involved spending money on a decent pair of boots.
Show confidently at 2’3″ in the November year end show
YES! We actually stepped up to the 2’3″ at our second show of the year and the height didn’t even wig me out one bit!
Super secret goal I was afraid to tell anyone… win a blue ribbon
YES! I didn’t want to write this because I had no idea where I should expect to be placing, but we got a 1st in 2’3″ Eq over fences in a group of 10-11. I was/still am super proud, because this was with simple changes!
Super secret goal #2 I was afraid to tell anyone… show 2’6″
YES! I was terrified, but we got over everything and are going to be so ready for the 2’6″ next year!
If we were to go by goal completion percentage, this year would be a bust… but Simon and I have made so much progress I can’t help but still be over the moon about our 2013 as a whole. How did you stack up to your goals this year?