New year, time for a new SWOT analysis. Honestly, I don’t think I’m very good at these. I tend to bucket things into “good” and “bad”, but I guess that’s part of the point of this exercise. As with most of the goal driven things on this blog, I originally nabbed this idea from Viva Carlos.
Simon has a year+ of showing under his belt
Consistent saddle time has me and Simon in a good place
My trainer is knowledgeable, great with Simon, and I like her instruction
Simon loves to jump and is very honest
I know when to ask for help
Lack of reliable lead changes
Simon’s short canter stride
Simon’s tendency to get nervous and anxious
My tendency to be a chicken shit
Purchase a new saddle with a better fit
Multiple weekend shows coming up this spring and summer
Cross Country Schooling
Simon’s long term soundness
Getting discouraged if we aren’t competitive
Overall, I feel like we’re in a really good place to start this year. Of course we know that with horses there are no guarantees and things can change. Going to do my best to improve the weaknesses on all accounts as well.
Do you like doing SWOTs with your riding life?