I haven't really addressed my goals since truly ages ago, back in May
. I had four main goals that were completed, in my opinion, with success:
- Work on my damn hands - I think about my hands every single time I ride now. Maybe it'll be the only thing I work on this year, maybe it'll be the only thing I work on ever again as it's my biggest issue and the thing Spicy tattles on me for the most. If my hands are moving, his head is unsteady and his tail is usually lashing around like an angry cat. Still hands results in interest in the contact and a quieter mouth on Spicy's part.
|Check those elbows bending!!!!|
- Sell my trailer - SOLD! And I got a new trailer. It's awesome. I'm so happy and less stressed.
|Love my new ride <3|
- Take more frequent dressage lessons - I'm giving myself a medium on this. When I wrote this goal I had imagined two dressage lessons a month and holy crap are we miles off the mark on that one. However, Spicy had some back issues that needed to be dealt with first. We had a great lesson where we worked on the right lead a lot which is very difficult for him. After that lesson I suddenly had a very stabby, cranky horse. I gave him a lot of time off, Bute, and long slow bareback rides. It helped that it was about ten thousand degrees out and not super conducive to serious schooling.
In conjunction, I started to get him into a more regular body work schedule. After one session with the chiropractor/acupuncturist I noticed a huge difference in his evenness behind and a decrease in Oscar-the-Grouch-itis. During this month or so of downtime we also transitioned to barefoot. Towards the end of the summer the heat broke, and we began ramping back up on the work. We went to the long lining clinic and started to get back on track. He no longer has trouble with the right lead and his symmetry scores on the Equisense have vastly improved.
|The cutest little canter transition|
- Get thee to a schooling show - Scrapping this, and actually scrapping my ESDCTA championship goal I set for myself in the beginning of the year. I won't lie... I haven't been working towards this goal for awhile. It's not that I don't want to do that goal ever, I totally do. It's just not something I get excited about. When I think about working through things, my true motivator is to ship out for jump lessons. Most of my goals late summer got reoriented towards that. I thought about what we needed to accomplish that and built a pyramid of the skills we would need. The progress on those goals is tremendous, and I can't wait until we can start jumping.
Now, neck deep in fall, the days are getting shorter and more brisk, and school is limiting my time even more. I'm not worried about our progress though, we have plenty to work on that won't be limited by the dark.
- Stand at the mounting block into infinity. He stands to let me get on, but he is so goddamn annoying as soon as my leg is over though. In a perfect world, I'd have some kind of command where he'd stand frozen until I gave him the okay to move.
- Long line once a week. I haven't long lined at home since the clinic, partially because I'm a little afraid of ruining how good Richard was with it. Too bad for me, the only way to learn is to make mistakes so time to get back on that horse! Not literally. Literally, I will be on the ground.
- Actual liberty work. Most of the ground work I do with Spicy is on a lunge line. He responds well to verbal and visual clues, but I still rely on the lunge to get his attention. I'd like to get him to the point where we do our 'check in warm up' completely off the line.
- Start working through some grids. I want to start freakin' jumping this horse!!! I'M READY. Time to get out my Jimmy Wofford grid book again.
|I wruv him.|
yesssss to jumping lessons <3 plz take pto so we can go school. related: how unrealistic is it to drive to tranquility vs carousel? (tho i can probably scare up ppl who would want to go to either)ReplyDelete
so i looked and its twice as far as carousel buuuut the drive isn't too bad? but carousel is much closer lolDelete
All great goals, and sometimes we gotta rework them so they work for us and there is no shame in that!ReplyDelete
I've been better at letting go the stuff that's unrealistic or honestly... stuff I don't want to anymore!Delete
Dream trailers change, goals change, you just gotta keep adapting which you're doing a great job of!ReplyDelete
Yasss to jumping and grid work!ReplyDelete
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reworking goals seems to be the way most of us manage. Sounds like some good winter plans too.ReplyDelete
yeah it's boring winter stuff but it'll be cold and dark anyway so I'm okay with a 20 minute session on standingDelete
I think that goals are great as long as they don't become a prison. I like that you have changed them up. Also congrats on the new trailer! It looks nice.ReplyDelete
I work with Carmen on standing at the mounting block all the time. It helps that I keep her facing the fence, lol. But I sit there until she breathes out and relaxes and then we go. This works for us.
yeah I think I may need to use the fence but god forbid he tries to pull a full idiot and jump itDelete
Oh we spent a loooong winter of standing at the mounting block. What really helped Annie was realizing I would feed her treats if she stood quiet - if she went off in a huff, she got circled and circled forever and ever amen. Now, she will expectantly reach back for a treat and wait for me to give the "OK". I will still test her by shifting around in the saddle and set up my equi-lab, or check Facebook before telling her to walk off. It's been a lot of work to get there, but we did it!ReplyDelete
that's actually super helpful, that's actually how i was going to go about it as it seems to be the most tried and true!Delete
I can't wait for you to start jumping him! Also that canter transition is #GOALZReplyDelete
Yaaaassss JOMPIES!!!! You have worked really hard together this year, and I'm so confident you guys will accomplish the jumping goals too!ReplyDelete
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