I am dubbing 2018 as the year of the canter. It doesn't feel like it is a stretch goal. It feels attainable, but I also am waiting for the other shoe to drop. Stinker has had me so well trained with various physical issues that I am just waiting (and hoarding my money) for something else to pop up.
But I want to have Stinker consistent in the walk trot and canter. I think physically everything is ok, especially if I can keep getting him out on the hills this winter. It has helped to build up his hind end so much, and so far the winter has been pretty mild. I just need a little more daylight and spending less of it at work.
I want to put my budget towards lessons and saving to replace trusty rusty, so I am not planning on doing any showing this year. Last year I wanted to take him places so he was some what used to hauling before the move. But he has been in a show environment and it didn't blow his mind. We see a reasonable amount of traffic at the lessons, plus he has short hauls to the lessons on a regular basis.
As far as goals for me, I am not setting anything in stone. My life still feels upside down from all of the changes and I don't want to add in goals. If I don't meet goals I have full control over I feel like a failure which isn't a great feeling. Maybe in the next quarter I will feel more settled and have a better idea of what is sustainable for me.