I said a few weeks ago that I was taking a break from showing for sure in June, and most likely July… and I may just get crazy and add August to that list. This probably sounds crazy from the “Goals! Show! Derby!” personality I had earlier this year… but I’m seriously happy right now enjoying my horse in a leisurely way.
My lesson on Sunday was super fun. Sure, we got changes late, but I didn’t beat myself up about them. I listened to my trainer’s instructions, and did my best to improve. Simon was relaxed but fresh (and kind of tried to celebratory buck after a fence… which was hilarious), and we just had a nice time.
When I wrote my goals for 2014, I was very much in the mindset of “Horse shows are life.” I still love shows and showing (and will in the fall, I promise) but I wanted to make some non-horse showing centered goals for the summer. So, here they are.
WTC Comfortably Bareback. Not comfortable as in “Oh gee my lady parts don’t even feel compromised” but comfortable as in “I don’t think I will die!” I’ve already done walk/trot, but need to get brave enough to canter.
Jump 3′. My trainer swears I can do this any time, but it’s a mental block I’d like to get over. Just not tomorrow… supervised in a lesson where she decides it’s a good idea to put the fence that high. 🙂
Ask for a lead change without diving to the other direction first. This is becoming one of my trademark moves. If I’m changing from right to left it’s much worse… so I’m cantering down the diagonal and I’m all like “Hey, gotta change left… know what would make that better? DIVE RIGHT FIRST.” Neither my horse or my trainer are very impressed.
No Stirrupage. Yes, stirrupage is a word. At least once a week. It being “too hot” is not an option. Really, I need to drop my stirrups every ride…. no excuses!
So that’s what we’ll be working on for a few months. I know most people are ramping up for a busy summer of showing… so what are some of your goals for these upcoming months?