Friday, 2 October 2015

Q4





Q3 Goal Recap

Horses:

- Ride a minimum of 4 times a week. Use my time wisely and plan for some 'homework' days - new coach likes to assign things to work on and goals between lessons. Done!

- Lesson once a week. Make room in the budget, make it a priority. Yep!

-Take full advantage of the riding/showing/training opportunities offered at the new barn. Don't say no to anything, or feel bad about making my riding goals more of a priority than they have been. The people that matter are 100% supportive of them (Thanks especially to you, Mr G :)! Yep
Bridget workin' hard
-This one stinks, but I do need to sell the big mare or find a good long term lease home for her. Board prices keep rising, my time is becoming ever limited, I still have anxiety riding pretty much anything but Bridget, and I know Ginny would be miserable if I moved her with Bridget to my current barn. I haven't found anything else suitable in the area, so I'm stuck visiting her every second weekend. Things may change in the future where I regret this decision even more, but sometimes you just need to live in the present and do what you've got to do to sleep well at night. I will post links to her ad when I finally stop procrastinating about creating one :) In progress...she is at trainers to be sold

Personal:

-Watch what I eat/exercise. As always! I've been super tired and burnt out lately, in general just need to look after myself better. Need to plan out meals better. Nope

-As I mentioned in my previous post, I need to suck it up. This coach has taught some big name riders and trained some horses to a very high level. Listen to her input whether it's things I want to hear/change/a direction I want to go or not. Essentially, trust the program. Yes!

-Budget my time better. Working full time in the week, travelling on the weekends, riding multiple days a week, trying to fit in a walk/run daily, and working at the barn some mornings means I'm up at 6:30 most mornings and don't get home until 7:30. I feel guilty for being too busy for some of the things I used to have time for - need to let go of that, but still work to fit small pieces of them back into my life. Nope

-As always, don't be too hard on myself. Don't feel bad about saying no and setting boundaries. (Except as related to the goals above, of course...then I had better feel very, very guilty lol!) Nope

-And finally, keep on having fun. I hope it goes without saying just how much I enjoy, love, and appreciate my ponies and the people in my life. If not, you heard it here first. YES


Q4:

Horses:

- Continue riding min 4x a week, weekly lessons (more if time, finances allow)

- Bridget's canter. Focus on improving it!
Old pic, but "hurried and unbalanced"? Yep, still a thing.

- 2 phase event in November. Be ready!

- I need to buy a xc vest.

- Improve my position over fences. 

- Ginger. Too many variables to really set this as a goal, but need to have a plan should she not sell in the next month or so with trainer.
Ginger is so darn cute

- Remember to praise Bridget as much as I correct her. She's so level I sometimes forget how much she likes a verbal 'Good girl!'.

-Try to be accountable for putting in productive miles now to prep for spring events. It's easy to say that spring is soooo far away and we have lots of time, but I need to stick with a program even when there is a period without shows to prep for and keep us motivated.

Personal:

- Things are winding down show season wise, spend some extra weekends at home with G, and plan a couple of fun weekends away with friends.

- Again with balancing things better and looking after myself.

- Priorities. We need to buy a home here for me. I need to stop procrastinating on that (and spending too much of my spare $ on horses)

- Be a better blogger. More current pics would be a great start. Breaking down and purchasing a laptop for home would be another...iPhone makes blogging difficult.

18 comments:

  1. Balancing is hard! If you find a secret let us know :)

    Also bridget is looking really good :)

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  2. nice progress and goals!! i also need to remember to praise my mare as often (or more) than i correct her. this has been made very clear in a couple tough lessons lately when she was ready to quit on me but then i started talkin to her and she stepped back up again. sometimes they really do need that extra support and encouragement!

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    1. She's so good most of the time I forget she is quite green and needs that positive feedback!

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  3. You are doing great! I used to really overthink my goals and beat myself up when I didn't reach them but now I am trying harder to set fewer goals and do a better at reaching them before I add on more. That said, I have been pretty complacent lately so my advice should be taken with a grain of salt! ;-)

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    1. Smart lady :) I tend to either focus on them or just give up and move on ha ha

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  4. I'm so glad you are really embracing Bridget :)

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    1. I'm so pleased with her. It's taken quite a while to feel like we are really partners, but it's been fun!

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  5. Sometimes what's going on with our pony mares is spookily similar! I may steal some of your goals ;)

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    1. Steal away :) I'm pretty sure the ponies are in some kind of communication and are plotting a big master plan together

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  6. I'm impressed that you have Ginger in training while for sale, the opposite of what I'm experiencing here, where people decide to sell a horse and then simply leave it in a pasture, ignoring basic care and letting it go without training (for years?). I hated every minute, but forced myself to ride my mare until she sold because I needed her to be on her best behavior. And it worked - she sold quickly as soon as I made the price reasonable.

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    1. I do think it's almost irresponsible to sell without being able to give the potential buyer an accurate representation. Since she is being marketed as a riding pony, to me that means she better be out getting ridden! I really hope to find a great long term match for her.

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  7. I want to know the secret to fitting it all in! If you figure it out please share.

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    1. I wish I knew! I would share with everyone :)

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  8. Everything works out for the better in the end. ^.^ You sound like you've got your hands full but you're handling everything well. I'm impressed! Like everyone said, tell us your secret!

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    1. Loooong days, and still not quite enough time :)

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  9. Balance is so hard! I have two cross country vests at the moment (my aunt gave me hers after her horse passed away). Let me know what size you need and I can give you some info :)

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    1. Ohhh, awesome. I need a large-ish size for my chest, or at least something a bit adjustable. Size L or an adjustable M?

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