Thursday, December 28, 2017

2018 Goals

Finally, the last year-end post is out the door! It was the perfect week to get all of these written up as all I've been doing at the barn is having mental breakdowns over dealing with the cold. How cold? So cold the fucking lighter I had to go out and buy to thaw the snaps for the water buckets shit out on me after all of two minutes of exposure. This is decidedly not helpful when the snaps re-freeze in the time it takes you to pound ice out of buckets. And the hose froze despite being kept in the heated tack room, and my face just burns nonstop, and I hate everything about this state.

But that has nothing to do with goals, so let's get these going!

1. Fully outfit Opie in all his own necessary gear. Most of what he has was Bobby's and most of it works for him. I did buy him his own fancy dressage saddle that was mostly for me as the Stubben fit him fine (It's for sale--someone please buy it!), but was a mess for my body parts. However, we are down to no jump saddle, and a jump girth that's too big for his itty bitty self. I'd also like to get him a blanket with a neck for next winter.

2. Figure out the best show routine to make Opie comfortable off property. He's a pretty sensible dude so I'm not expecting him to be unmanageable, but I know he's going to revert to weaving and screaming. I'd like to have those things completely nixed when we leave the barn.

3. Complete 25 hours for TIP trail riding patch. Mendon Ponds, here we come!

4. Be able to trailer Opie by myself. This ties in closely to the goal above as I trail ride almost exclusively by myself. I also show a lot by myself, so he's going to have to learn about self loading.

5. Smooth out the basics. I want to develop a better canter and have him working through lateral moves--leg yield, shoulder fore, shoulder-in, haunches-in. I'd also like to start seeing some adjustability within the gaits.

6. Don't get hung up in how everyone else is progressing. So many bloggers got new partners in 2017 that it's easy to compare yourself to what someone else is doing. People think the way they're training is the best way and the only way, and if you're doing it differently you're doing it wrong. I've been down the OTTB training rode several times before, and I need to trust myself instead of getting caught up in someone else's journey.

let's do this thing!

23 comments:

  1. I love it. I especially like the goal to not get caught up in what other people are doing. I struggle with that, especially as I am a trainer, I feel like I SHOULD be capable of certain things...

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  2. 2018 is going to be awesome for you and Opie :)

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  3. Okay yah the last goal, I need to take that to heart. I've totally been doing it with you though so hopefully that helps you with your goal. Riding your horse bareback!? It took me literal YEARS to do it without feeling like I was going to ACTUALLY DIE riding TC bareback and you're just all casual like riding your brand new baby racehorse bareback. And out on the trails (still feel like I'm going to die doing that) and jumping (for sure death awaits me if I want to jump him). So just know that some of us are comparing ourselves to you!

    I can't wait to see how you guys progress this year! He's such a cool horse.

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  4. yeeeeah #6 is on my list too. as is the TIP thing, maybe? i actually need to research that stuff more bc charlie already has a ton of hours logged (tho not very carefully documented beyond what i blogged.... oops?). i should probably pay more attention...

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  5. #6 is good for me too. Such a great idea. I can get caught up with others as well.

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  6. Girl, you got this. All of our new greenies are different, and yours is so wonderful. Like Megan said... BAREBACK? Hahaha yeah never trying that I will die. Also yours jumps like a boss while mine legit melts down about poles. And trail rides. Which neither of my horses do. So yeah, I'm jealous of your skillz.

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  7. I am so looking forward to hearing about your adventures with The Snoot!

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  8. 2018 will be an awesome year for you and Opie! #6 is a great goal too. It is so easy to get caught up in everyone else's journey and forget that yours is unique.

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  9. Yep. #6. That's my thing. It's funny, though. Cause I spent literal years being worried I was falling behind with my orange demon, when really we were kicking ass (as best we could). Gotta remember I can do this. Each of us have different methods and goals.

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  10. Oh man. #6 is all of us, I feel. Hard to keep on the straight and narrow with so many inspirational folks doing awesome things.

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  11. Oh, I look so forward to you having a great year with this handsome beast!

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  12. #6 is a great one. i will join you.

    what is the TIP trail badge???? i want in!!

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    1. Buh-bam: http://tjctip.com/About/TBRRI

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  13. NUMBER SIX! Yes! And I want to do the trail badge too! Now that we've been trailering around by ourselves adventuring:) I'm really excited for you guys and you need to hurry up and move back closer so I can smoosh the snoot all the time.

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  14. All reasonable and attainable goals. I think you're doing things so well with Opie, and you can see it in the results. Keep on keeping on!

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  15. Great goals. :-) 0/10 not jealous of your winter tho.

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  16. #6 absolutely every person, horse and their combined training story is different. You got this lady!

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  17. #6 hit me deeply. I'm terrible about comparing myself and my journey to others. I'm going to add that one to my list for this year.

    Also, cannot wait to hear more Opie stories <3

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  18. I seriously dont know how you are handling that kind of cold!!! I'm such a whimp, I'd probably freeze to death. Love your goals! If you are looking for recommendations I'm a huge fan of the SmartPak ultimate blankets with the neck hood. What is better then a blanket with a 10 yr warranty? They are super nicely made!

    <3 Kelly @HunkyHanoverian

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  19. Yes, what's with all the bloggers getting new ponies this year? We're all starting with totally different beasties though, so it's really an apples to oranges comparison anyways. But these are great goals. And Opie is already filling out so well! What's your secret? (Besides the cookies ;) )

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  20. There really is a whole BUNCH of bloggers who got new, young horses in the last year or so. Each of us is going to have a very different journey, but I'm excited to hear about it all!

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  21. Those are all really good goals. They are concrete and primarily about safety and good basics. I love it. And you will definitely be able to do it. Opie sounds like a really sharp guy. :)

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