|2018 opie, complete with some ugly AF growth spurts|
1. Make First Level our bitch. Solidify all the necessary movements so they come easy peasy: the leg yield, trot and canter lengthenings, and counter canter (even if it's kind of a fake counter canter at First).
2. Fix the canter transitions. Up and down. They both suck depending on the day, and what a stupid area to lose points in.
3. Get another 25 trail hours logged. I already have 7 recorded. The next prize needs 50 hours I think, but that's not happening in a year for me.
4. Go to two new places. Show venue or trail adventure. I want to explore some more areas around us.
5. #dopiedoesdriving. Get him back to work with the cart so he's a reliable driving horse at home. Make sure steering is a thing!
6. Learn to braid a forelock. I am a straight up forelock braiding retard, and I am not ashamed to admit it.
I ran into the problem this year where I got all my goals crossed off well before the year was over and was kind of floundering with what to do with myself. So in case that happens again, these are next on the list to give me something to work towards.
1. #dopiedoesdriving... off property. Take the pony and his cart to the park and see how he does in the wide open world.
2. Muddle through the movements from Second. A better shoulder-in and haunches-in, increase the oomph needed for medium gaits, and get Opie more relaxed and active with the sitting trot.
And you know what? Not a stretch goal or even a regular goal, but I'm going to write it down again anyway. Don't get hung up on how everyone else is progressing. Another year, another new level, still only on me to get my horse where I want him to go.