Saturday, December 19, 2015

The dreaded goals projection post

I have been sort of putting off writing this post because I was so off base in my goals for last year, that I really worry that I can't set realistic goals for us on either end of the spectrum. I dont want to set any too easy but dont want to set them so they are unattainable like I did this year.

Felt like we had more rides like this then rides without
This last year with Tillie has been one that has felt extremely frustrating for a number of reasons...in hindsight I now see it was a year of tremendous growth, but it hasnt really caught up to me until recently ever since starting lessons with P. Check out my year in review post here.

Many days I would repeat "I love my pony" to remind myself why I do this.

I learned this year that I hold myself to the standards of a professional rider and finally learned how ridiculous that is within the last two months. Since letting some of that pressure go, I have found I can breath a little more, laugh at our mistakes and it certainly has seemed to allow some stars to start aligning for us.

Who knew I could actually smile when riding?

I am so thankful for the new horse friends I have gained this year...I know I had a lot of lows of really beating myself up and questioned whether or not Tillie was the right fit for me. It was a lonely place made not so lonely by words of encouragement insisting I keep trying and not to give up.


Well here goes....my best attempt to outline goals for 2o16:

  1. Get a stronger half halt off my seat
  2. Get over my fear of down banks and riding down hills
  3. Show in at least 1 dressage show
  4. Show in at least 2 jumper shows
  5. Show in at least 5 eventing ST (no matter what level) 
  6. XC school more and have a horse that doesnt take off after or between fences 
  7. Try to even out my crookedness issues
  8. Release more over fences
  9. Ride more geometrically/planned in training rides
  10. Gallop Tillie at home in the field without losing our minds
  11. Get BN to where all three phases include a horse that is listening and I feel confident
  12. Move up to Novice
  13. Trail ride more

10 comments:

  1. Those are great goals for the upcoming year! :) Kind of reminds me that I need to make some haha

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    1. Bahah there are more that keep popping into my head since this...I am refraining from adding more for fear I wouldnt be able to accomplish them all!

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  2. I think these are excellent goals! Best of luck and you guys have got this!

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  3. Those are really good goals, we are going to be sharing several of them, especially the crookedness and xc ones! Best of luck, so happy I found your blog, can't wait to follow along in 2016!

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    1. Thank you! The crookedness thing really gets to me and a big one I would like to improve. Cant wait to catch up on your blog!

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  4. Great reflection and goals, can definitely incorporate saying out loud ' I love my horse, I love riding' myself.

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    1. lol yes its been my mantra for sure...

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  5. wooooo hooo i love it - great goals and all super attainable. i can think of just a few of these that we'll get checked off sooner rather than later ;)

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    1. hehe I may need some cheerleading for some of them (ahem trail riding and galloping in the field....)

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