It's a snow day and I felt that this was a good time to recap my year and see how I did on my goals for 2021.
|It's looks pretty in the snow|
Except I couldn't find a post about goals.
Did I go a year without goals? That doesn't sound like me. But the world has been super weird so, maybe?
And then I found a post about my goals. In March. But it wasn't really a clear listing of my goals. Which probably speaks volumes about where I was back in March. To quote myself:
"I think that the goals I have this year is to explore our relationship and see where we go. And to see how that impacts on our dressage stuff."
So I guess I can say that I achieved my goal. Yay me.
All kidding aside, I think I did spend a lot of time working on Carmen's and my relationship and it really paid off. I'm sure I'm not alone when I say that I felt a little untethered this year and it was hard to figure out what to focus on or to make plans since they often needed to be changed.
We played a lot with liberty this year. It has been eye opening to create a connection without relying on the line. I learned that if she's not connected with me when she's loose there is little point in getting on unless I want to spend a lot of time getting her attention. So I almost always give her a little time free. If she leaves we play with that and if she stays then we're good to go. Still on my most favourite videos.
Showing did not happen at all this past year. And that made it hard to stay focussed on movement goals. Which might have been a good thing. But it doesn't matter if it was or it wasn't- it's just what happened.
I bought a new saddle this year. Who can forget this little Spanish beauty
That saddle gave me a solid seat, which lead to me get lots of confidence and letting my seat improve. turns out that if you are not afraid of being launched you can really let your seat be soft and your legs hang. I have transitioned back into my 'regular' dressage saddle and had to lengthen the stirrups one hole. I still use that saddle though. If Carmen is up or we're on a trail ride I bring it out. I am so happy that I purchased it.
In June we headed out to Karen's for a weekend of fun and ponies. I mean, are there fun weekends that don't include ponies? (#kiddingnotkidding). I had a few breakthroughs with my seat and energy that weekend thanks to Karen. I also had a major breakthrough with Carmen getting into the wash stall.
|Guinness loves Paula|
|Carmen: what's next? I'm ready!|
|I don't know about it being 'epic' but it |
definitely finished stronger than it started
A very positive year for you!ReplyDelete
It definitely wasDelete
And I love Guiness too!ReplyDelete
Loved following along with all your adventures this year and it is awesome to see them recapped here. Still drooling over that saddle...ReplyDelete
It was an adventurous year for sure.Delete
You definitely accomplished your goal, and goals are good, even in uncertain times. I think they signify hope, and that’s important now. I didn’t have any last year, at least not clear goals, but I’ll try to remedy that for 2022.ReplyDelete
We can keep each other motivated...Delete
Interesting about the liberty work pre-ride and connection. I do liberty work with targets, basic commands, and some stay with me work on my non riding days. I've found it has improved both my horses' focus and attention on me so much under saddle and online. Haven't done it pre-ride though.ReplyDelete
For a horse like Carmen who's very good at 'phoning it in' it allows me to really see where she's at.Delete
Pretty solid year! I think in this time of uncertainty it's hard to lay out concrete goals without getting disappointed over and over. But you and Carmen have come so far in the past year! You clearly didn't need goals in writing to get there!ReplyDelete
Thank you for that! I so appreciate your positive attitude.Delete
Sounds like a dang good year! I have constantly loved being able to stop in here and catch up. I am currently trying to determine if there is a way to longe 2022. However, I am excited because I am going to Hawaii in January to ride with a friend. We will do other things too, but the riding is the main!ReplyDelete
Hawaii sounds wonderful. I’m happy for you ( and also jealous)Delete