Work on Raglan’s right lead✓It’s not 100% there, but the right lead is starting to happen! Introduce more lateral work✗ LOL NOPE. I probably should get on this at some point… Incorporate more poles┅I did more, but I need to get back into the habit of using them every ride. Trailer out to new places✓ SO MANY PLACES. EMR, SEC, and THF, plus the new barn (10M). Start over cross rails✓ Easy peasy. We’re capping off winter with our first couple of 18″ jumps.
No big purchases, work on debt✗ Remember when I bought myself a horse trailer for Christmas? Grow the blog audience┅I’m getting more views (and more Insta followers!), but it wasn’t intentional. Dedicate myself to writing a novel✗ I ended up doing the opposite and am on a writing hiatus.
════ SPRING GOALS ════
Get comfortable jumping 18″
Go to a schooling show
Go for a trail ride
Put weight on Rags
Get Raglan sound again✓This was touch and go, but it did get done. Shoes with pads = sound pony! Take Raglan to his first show✓ The November Eagle Mountain Schooling Show was a success 😀 Bring Raglan to the SEC for a lesson✗ Didn’t end up happening, but hopefully sometime soon. Establish Raglan’s canter✓ Cantered Rags for the first time on October 27th! It was 100% awesome.
Take Ezhno for a trail ride✗ It’s hard to make fun plans when you rely on others for transport. 😢 Work on slowing Ezhno’s canter✓Ezhno’s canter has made major improvements in the past few months. Improve Ezhno’s lateral movements┅ I didn’t work on this as much as I should’ve, but they did improve!
Put a brake box in the truck┅ Mostly in! I should probably screw the mounting bracket into the dash. 😅 Learn how to drive a trailer✗ TrainerA’s schedule is hectic and we didn’t get around to coordinating this. Buy my own jumping saddle✓ Finally bit the bullet and bought a lovely 2009 Devoucoux Biarritz!
════ GOALS FOR RAGLAN ════
Develop his ability to consistently pick up the right lead under saddle
Introduce lateral work (baby leg yield, turn on haunch/forehand, etc.)
Incorporate more poles (trot poles, canter poles, half-raised cavaletti, etc.)
Find more opportunities to trailer him out to new places
Start over cross rail courses towards the end of winter
════ GOALS FOR ME ════
No big purchases, pay off some of my credit card debt
Grow the blog (use Instagram, write posts for other sites, etc.)
Dedicate myself to starting and then finishing a novel
First off, I TURN 22 TODAY. Second off, RAGS GETS SHOES PUT BACK ON ONE WEEK FROM TODAY AND I AM SUPER PUMPED. But that’s not what this post is about. 😀
Back at the start of the year I set a bunch of Goals for 2017, but my life is constantly in flux so I’ve decided that a new blog calls for new goals and a more mercurial system! But before I launch right into my goals for the next three months, here’s an overview of how those goals I set in January panned out.
Find a saddle that fits┅
This is a half success because I did buy a saddle and it does fit Ezhno, it just happens to be a western saddle (not what I intended to get).
Compete in the Triforce Ring✗
Jumping ended up not being for Ezhno (obviously), so I decided to set this goal aside for the time being.
Ride a dressage test✗
This still might happen! Eagle Mountain has dressage schooling shows over the winter and I think they’d be a great opportunity for Raglan.
Introduce Ezhno to cattle✗ Go on an overnight trail ride ✗
These sounded like fun things to do with Ezhno (and they still do), but they’re not huge priorities now.
Take Ezhno to a clinic✗
There’s a performance clinic at KW this October, but I’m not feeling it so I think I’m going to pass.
Buy a truck and trailer┅
The truck part is done (just needs a brake box!), but keeping two horses means that finding the cash for a trailer might take a while.
That’s a lot of red X’s, but I think it’s more a sign of changing priorities than failure. I’m glad to set those goals aside so that I can move forward to the future, so let’s dive straight into my new goals!
════ GOALS FOR RAGLAN ════
Get him back in shoes and sound again
Take him to his first show (Eagle Mountain? LWSC?)