Didn’t have my dressage lesson yesterday- as board increases are starting to eat into my regular ‘horse budget’ I’m having to cut back a bit- and so my dressage lessons are going to every other week, and I didn’t show this summer (by choice but also by $$$).
Instead, I did another horse counseling session and we focused on setting SMART goals. This was hard for me, because I can see the goal part, and I have my start, but what about the middle stuff? How does that go?
Well, it goes something like this…
I want to ride in the 2′ and 2’3” divisions at a local show series.
I want to compete in the whole series.
I want to finish each division without skipping any classes.
Well, I also want to do it without having a meltdown, feeling anxious, feeling ‘out of body’ and actually enjoying feeling competent in the situation.
Not so easy.
How do I do it?
Continue with my private jump lesson once a week.
Add in separate schooling sessions over fences focusing on relaxation- now this is going to be the tough part.
Continue doing my counseling sessions once a week until my first show, and then probably moving it to once every other week.
So…That’s my action plan moving forward. I hope I can make progress this way!
Oats was a lovey to ride yesterday, I didn’t end up riding for that long as the counseling session took about an hour. We had some GREAT forward canter in the outdoor, and some fairly reasonable trot. Overall, a fun ride.
Today I am taking off, and having drinks! Yeah! Tomorrow is the jump lesson- where I get to put my money where my brain/mouth/body is…AH.