Thursday, October 25, 2018

Goals? What Goals?

The fun thing about dressage (I know, I'm already starting off like the beginning of a bad joke.) is that just when you're like, "Wow, we are so good at that movement! Never going to have to work on that again. ....so what do I do now?" That movement turns to shit again so you do have something to work on.

SO FUN!

remember when it was warm enough for naked ponies? all of a week ago?

I was chatting with Farrier yesterday morning as she was trimming a horse and I was getting Opie groomed and tacked up. She asked if I'd been riding much and I told her I hadn't really been on a regular schedule lately. She wanted to know why since I'm known for getting a lot of saddle time, and I didn't have a good answer. But I think there are a couple factors.

One is still that we did so fucking much this summer that it's been nice to bring it way back and mostly putter around. The vast majority of my riding has been on trails with a dressage school thrown in here or there. And it's been awesome. We've got a long winter ahead of us, and being able to get outside to ride before being locked in the indoor is a priority.

The other is it's only October and we've already crossed off all my goals for the year--and then some.

a couple weekends ago i hopped over the border into PA to visit riding bestie's
old horse with her, and we also got to visit all the ponies on the farm. i'll take both
this cuddly perch and the adorbs yearling beside him.

We've obviously still got a shit ton to work on. I don't want to be gallivanting around at Training level forever and would like to come out swinging for a full season at First by May. But my brain is stuck in 2018 limbo where I had a game plan laid out; that's what I was going to stick to, even if that means sticking to the exact same shit we've already conquered.

Well time to move on, brain. Tally forth to new dressage horizons and all that!

completely unstaged. i was caught in the act of pony giddiness. 

I wrote in my last dressage post about how the canter work for First is so easy yada yada. It was for that day, but in the spirit of dressage it went a bit off the rails in the next ride.

The up transitions were still shit, but the down transitions were significantly better. We could do the trot change of lead at X without falling on our faces--mostly because the depart back into the canter sent us into orbit with how high his front end rockets up, punctuated by his head in my face at the last second as he's all, "oh wow so elevated much unicorn must touch the sky with my horn."

Or something.

The lengthened work was also super. Where we ran into problems was coming back from the lengthening. He would either break, or fall down, or both, or just ignore me all together and continue his floating cavalry charge. But that gives me a good area of focus to work on when I don't want to put in a dressage school because I'm bored and have already crossed everything off my goals list.

a very hopeful puppy waiting to see if opie would share his
horseversary snackies with her

The leg yields in one direction suddenly became the most legit thing this horse can do, so now I need to get them as good going the other way. And he offered me the most beautiful lifted back transition into the sitting trot for the first time ever which means it's in there for me to get again.

The dressage journey is never ending. I need to keep that in mind instead of going on a mental hiatus because I'm too OCD to write down new goals until the new year.

17 comments:

  1. Some down time never hurts but I feel you! This fall/winter feels really long for some reason, spring will be here before we know it though

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    1. We didn't even get fall here, it just went straight to hail/freezing rain. Maybe that's part of the reason I'm already in a winter funk.

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  2. Tally forth! That phrase really tickled my fancy. To new dressage horizons indeed... It's been a great journey with opie so far and I'm excited to see what's next!

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    1. I need to etch tally forth onto my tack trunk for motivation!

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  3. Glad to see Opie is doing so well. I feel like when weather gets to only allowing indoor riding it kinda gives me seasonal depression as bad as the early darkness.

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    1. Being stuck in the indoor definitely puts a massive damper on things.

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  4. You guys HAVE done lots this year - take some time to have some fun!! Plus, Opie is the Child Genius so First is gonna be a walk in the park!!

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    1. Hopefully just not an actual walk in the park as walk is his second favorite gait behind the halt. :P

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  5. Active rest periods are good - especially after a period of so much busyness and success!

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    1. He was blown away that I bothered to ride him two whole days in a row this week. He's definitely enjoying his lighter schedule.

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  6. Seriously though, you guys have accomplished SO MUCH, it's probably nice for both of you to take a little breather and enjoy the outdoors before hibernating season starts.

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    1. I'll never turn down a good trail ride!

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  7. Ya know, sometimes everyone needs a mental break before you get back at it. You have the whole winter to be stuck inside rockin' dressage!

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  8. I’m kinda feeling the limbo right now in a good way. Like there’s plenty that I want to work on and make better but also like... ehh it’s the off season lol

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    1. Trail ride > Dressage ride all day every day.

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  9. I seem to recall this time every year riders seem to get in a funk.

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