Paid almost 3x as much for saddle as I did for the horse #worthit
My best decisions of the year:
- New saddle- he previously would not walk under saddle. Immediately started walking with the new one.
- Hind shoes- when he loses his balance he goes faster. Having hind shoes helped to give him a little more support behind and I could actually slow him down instead of everything snowballing faster.
- Only walking- this took the pressure off him and we started building a strong relationship so when things got hard he tried for me instead of panicking and checking out mentally.
Once, I got over my pouting about being put back to just walk work, I made us some new year goals.
- Happy healthy Stinker (he is happy when I shovel timothy in him and I refuse to comment on the other one)
- Happy healthy human (human is having some life freakouts)
- Build up muscle in the correct places (I am quite pleased with how he looks. Sure I want more but who doesn't?)
- Build up strength (we are back to cantering so I am calling it a win)
- Consistent walk/trot with leg yields (I wouldn't call us consistent in the trot yet, but we do have leg yields in both gaits and both directions)
This used to be a regular response to legs
I am very pleased with how we are ending our year, despite my frustrations at the beginning of the year (freaking out at legs anyone???). I am trying really hard to not freak out over every little thing and really focus on our overall progress. I used to not know what I was going to get on any day and most days it felt like I was sitting on a powder keg. Now we have a working relationship.
Not to mention we survived our first show together. I haven't shown since 2004 and I was always a bundle of nerves. Not only did I manage to keep myself calm and collected, but I also managed to keep him together. Plus we now have our first ribbon and I give zero shits that we were in last place by about 10 points. That little piece of satin stands for so much more than what the judge saw.
Quarter 4 goals
Hahahahahaha! I failed miserably at these. I was supposed to see a physical therapist because everything was hurting from running. Instead I stopped running. I had a couple of freaky incidents with guys in cars following me and asking weird questions (like where can they get pizza). Then I had a super freaky incident where a guy tried to open my car door on the road I typically ran on. So yeah the running stopped and because the running stopped they pain stopped and I failed at my goals.
I have been doing a pretty good job of maintaining the relaxation, but I am starting to think that I will have to give that up to really be able to improve the trot and then come back to establishing the relaxation. This really depends on the day and I need to have a heart to heart with my favorite dressage judge.
I ended up not putting the canter on hold under saddle. I am only doing it once a week and it is typically in the jump field where I can keep the figures larger. I am going to count this as a success because it is happening and it isn't quite as bolt-like.
I would say we are doing fairly well on the mobility and ride-ablity. We still have our off days, but overall I can move his haunches and shoulders around.
Now on to the fun part. The new goals.
2017 Year Goals
- Solid WTC
- Travel new places
- Schooling shows
- Happy and healthy
- Improve my position
- Get my stress shopping under control
- Improve my fitness
Quarter 1 Goals
- Keep up the steady progress
- Focus on the trot
- Keep doing ground poles
- Keep working on breaking up the tension