I know everyone says this on New Years, but I just find it absolutely crazy that it’s 2015 already. Soon we’ll be firmly in the 2020’s and the world will be surrounded by flying cars and jet packs… at least that’s what I learned from Sci-Fi films. Right?
But for now, my horse agenda remains as blissfully mundane as ever. Last year, a lot of my goals were performance oriented. The same is true this year, but instead of “I want to win X” I’m taking a more philosophical approach. That may seem like a cop-out, but for me success in the show ring seems to be, in large part, a mind game. I’d like to get closer to winning that mind game this year, instead of feeling crumbled by my own thoughts.
Equestrian Goals for Me
- Compete in a hunter division without beating myself up about missed distances/changes
- Get really good at counting strides in-between fences (aka remember to do so) and know how many I did at any given time
- Do all the high options in a hunter derby
- Do not overface myself at a horse show – stay relaxed and calm!
- Be able to jump a course on Simon bridleless
- Post the trot with no stirrups at least once a week
While I still want to obviously improve and would love to win all the things next year, for me I need to fix the mental issues that lead to my complete and total breakdown at the year end show. That may mean some stepping down and re-evaluating. I want to work on myself and I am not going to quit showing, but this is going to be a FUN year one way or the other!
Goals for Simon
- Reliably get leads over fences
- Do lateral work at the trot with no anxiety
- Do complicated things with canter work while keeping anxiety low
- Get saddle fit confirmed/figured out/helped
- Stay sound
Simon gets off pretty easy this year. He is doing a great job with our partnership… sure, I would love auto changes but I need to be realistic. With his physical issues (hocks), I just don’t think lead changes are going to happen with him. We’ll get one occasionally, but I’m not going to hold my breath for consistent ones. So I’ll work on getting it over the fence, because I think he’ll be good at that once he grasps the concept. Really, if we can stay sound that’d be just great 😉
- Keep credit card debt at $0 and build savings
- Follow a budget every month
- Re-do guest bedroom into a more functional office space
- Print my photography so I can enjoy it more in my house
- Dress better
- Get my anxiety under control
I feel like these personal goals are just the tip of the ice berg, but since this is mostly a horse blog I don’t want to list out every single thing I could do to improve myself. Plus, I have a tendency to get overwhelmed and if I write out too much stuff I’ll just take one look and go OH MY GOD IT’LL NEVER HAPPEN and then give up for the entire year. Not the best plan for success.
Happy New Years to everyone 🙂 Looking forward to another year sharing my journey with y’all.