I feel like I have kind of abandoned the idea of riding goals for myself and Oats, chiefly because our progress has always felt very…tenuous and shaky. I was doing fantastic last spring, and it completely FELL APART in a very dramatic and miserable way in the summer. Cue falling off three-four times in a week, every single time I jumped. And falling off at every freaking horse show. Wow.
Funny enough I did meet a lot of my goals though? I was cruising around a 2’6” hunter course, I went in a jump derby and PLACED>! And this year I even entered in a clinic and *gasp* rode in it without having a complete and total meltdown, it was productive and even fun?
Who is this girl?
I guess it all taught me that goals are fine, but it’s more important to be flexible, because life and horses can completely bite you in the ass and turn things sideways so fast your head will spin.
Do I have more riding goals?
- Sure, why not. I’d like to show some more, maybe do some more –dressage- ? Hahah.
- Also I would like to school cross-country again, it was really fun, and ride in more hunter shows.
- I am thinking I might also make the effort to go to more two-day shows.
- Enjoy my horse.
- Go on a trail ride? Only one though. That will be it for me, it’s too frightening with the traffic on the road at our barn!
- Confidently school 2’6” in lessons again with the occasional foray up to 2’9”.
- Develop counter canter.
- Work on lead changes.
- Have fun!!
And I have some running goals too! I didn’t meet my goal last year- achieve a sub-45 minute 10k, but I do have hopes for that this year.
- Achieve a sub-45 minute 10k
- Run all of the races I signed up for (winter series)
- Don’t race all of the races I signed up for. Be canny about where to spend your efforts, and use those ‘in between races’ aka MEC races, as good training efforts instead.
- Achieve a 1:40 half marathon- stretch goal for sure. maybe not gonna happen.
- Ramp up my mileage- I am enjoying running a lot so make sure to get out more and work it!
- Try my hand at the track series again. I really liked it and found it super challenging.
- Be positive about progress and lack of progress particularly with regards to injuries.