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?
"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