2014 goals

May Goals

May 

Get off property for trail rides 2-3x. Continue dressage. If jumping is a go, haul out for jumping lessons w/ instructor in Vergennes. 

Possible events for riding or volunteering: VERDA Bare Bones Endurance Ride (May 11), Hitching Post Horse Trials (May 17-18), GMHA Spring Horse Trials (May 31-June 1)

Very do-able. Good job, me from the past!

 Hopefully the trailer will be back soon, and I’ll stabilize the money hemorrhaging from puppy, and we’ll be able to do a lesson or two with the jumping trainer.

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April Goals Review

So, how did I do?

April  

Start hacking regularly, whenever possible. Plan on minimum of 60 minutes out for each hack, 2x per week.  

Pull shoes, if all goes well, and get back to barefoot.  

Continue schooling under saddle, fine-tuning dressage. IF jumping is a go, jump 1x every two weeks minimum.  

Possible events for riding or volunteering: GMHA Mud Ride (April 26-27), VT Everything Equine (April 26-27)

Actually: not half bad.

We did a fair bit of hacking this month, and put in some good mileage. For sure we got out 60+ minutes several times. For the first two weeks, that was definitely 2x a week. The last two weeks…not so much. Turns out puppies are a timesuck.

Tristan is not barefoot. I thought he would be. I am not sure what went wrong. I suspect miscommunication with the farrier, but I have to call him and haven’t had time for that yet.

We’ve continued schooling dressage and that’s going very well, and we are ready to try jumping but haven’t found time yet. The jump saddle is fitted so this is a simple matter of setting a time and getting it done.

I did go to Everything Equine, and will write up a review soon! It was a nice day.

2014 goals

Quarter 1 Review

Per my overall 2014 goals: how am I doing so far?

Tristan’s Goals

1. Get fit and rebuild muscle.

So far so good! Definitely adding muscle.

2. Strengthen dressage, particularly the canter.

Hmmmmm. Well, we’re on our way. He’s stronger in the canter, but it’s not yet a better canter.

3. Work on jumping again.

Not yet.

4. Do a few tests at a dressage show.

Not yet.

5. Complete a group trail ride.

Not yet.

(to be fair, 3-5 were projected for later in the year anyway, so I’m not yet behind)

My Goals

1. Get fit!

Very mixed success. Technically, I have lost weight and do feel a bit stronger; in reality, I’m still not doing enough to incorporate exercise into my daily routine.

2. Find a schedule and stick to it.

Despite weather-related crappiness, this is actually starting to develop well. I’m planning a week at a time and mixing up my rides, and getting out 5x a week to do something with him.

3. Take more lessons.

So far so good! Averaging about every two weeks now. April will be tough, but I have my fingers crossed.

4. Rebuild emergency savings.

Hahahahahahaha. Ha. In March I had a vet bill, trailer registration bill, truck repair bill (inspection + a few small things after the winter); in April, I will have saddle fitting and trailer repair. Maybe this summer?

5. Be better organized with barn stuff.

Baby steps. I have reorganized one bag’s worth of stuff in the mud room. I can’t get to my trailer yet. Weather is supposed to improve through this week, so maybe it will be bearable to haul my tack trunk out in the sunshine and clean it out on Sunday?

2014 goals

April Goals

So, what’s on the docket for April? (per my 2014 outline)

April 

Start hacking regularly, whenever possible. Plan on minimum of 60 minutes out for each hack, 2x per week. 

Pull shoes, if all goes well, and get back to barefoot. 

Continue schooling under saddle, fine-tuning dressage. IF jumping is a go, jump 1x every two weeks minimum. 

Possible events for riding or volunteering: GMHA Mud Ride (April 26-27), VT Everything Equine (April 26-27)

More of this, please.

This should be do-able! Good job planning, me from the past.

Jumping will be attempted as soon as my jump saddle is fit: right now, it’s looking like April 21 for that.

Hacking will commence in earnest this Thursday, 4/3.

Dressage is already being fine-tuned.

Probably I’ll be headed to Everything Equine instead of the Mud Ride: Tris is going to be a school horse for the local university’s IHSA mock show (just the riders on the team, which is new, getting used to the style of an IHSA show) on 4/26 and he’s not quite fit enough for 15 miles anyway.

Talked to the farrier last night about pulling shoes and going barefoot, so we are on track for that.

It’s a very low bar of goals, but I’m happy that it should go well anyway!

2014 goals

March Goals Wrap Up

Here’s what I wanted to accomplish in March, per my 2014 outline.

March  

Spring shots & teeth. Get the trailer registered and potentially taken out to get inspected/repaired. Re-up my US Rider  

Continue topline & fitness, but we should be well on our way by now: capable of a full 60 minute lesson without too much exhaustion on either part.

Pretty darn good, actually!

Spring shots and teeth, done.

Trailer registered! Alas, it is going approximately nowhere until the snow melts. Perhaps mid-April. As soon as I can, I’ll get it to the mechanic. I won’t re-up the US Rider until it looks like I’ll be hauling Tristan somewhere: probably May.

We’re both very capable of a 60 minute lesson. In March, I noticed a marked improvement in his fitness and recovery. My own fitness is proceeding slowly but I am trying to add some things to the mix to help that. It’s going to hit 40 today, and sunny, and I can already feel my energy improving.

2014 goals

March Goals

For reference: 2014 Outline & 2014 Goals

So, March!

March 

Spring shots & teeth. Get the trailer registered and potentially taken out to get inspected/repaired. Re-up my US Rider 

Continue topline & fitness, but we should be well on our way by now: capable of a full 60 minute lesson without too much exhaustion on either part.

We’re just about capable of that 60 minute lesson already, but we have some more fitness work to do. I’ll also add to this: get my saddles fit at the end of the month. Which means I am in for some expenses – sigh.

2014 goals

February Goals Wrap Up

For reference: 2014 Outline & 2014 Goals
So, February goals were:

February 

Ditto January: Stick to a consistent schedule; build topline & fitness; take a few lessons.  

If all goes well, try a few jumps under saddle at the end of the month.

How did we do?

So-so. First week was great; second week was wiped out due to work, weather, and illness; third and fourth weeks were free-longeing due to injuring my hand.

I took two lessons, both of which were hugely helpful. He definitely has gained both topline and fitness.

Jumping did not happen, but I suspected it might not. The saddle-fitter came out at the beginning of last week and that was too early for me.

Overall: I’m actually ok with where we are. He’s in a good place mentally, and he’s building strength. My fitness could be better, but I’m gaining skills as a rider and feel generally on track.