Let’s chat about goals for 2014. Back when I created these (here) I was still reeling from a confusing year of mystery lameness, and 2 months of rehab for the pony. So I kept things pretty general.
First and most importantly-keep O sound. I’m mentally calling this a giant success. Did she have normal horse stuff like an abscess and some footsore tenderness during the worst of the summer heat? Well, yes. Was it manageable? YES.
Take O to her first horse show (that I know of). Well it wasn’t pretty, but we made it around! Plus five other shows this year, and at each one we learned and had a great time.
Convince my husband to take a lesson or ride on O English style. Epic fail, the husband was an amazing cheerleader this year, but I couldn’t convince him to ride her. I did convince his Dad though…does that count for anything?
I participate in my first horse show since high school. This was a bit repetitive, but I was worried in January that if O remained unsound I would be riding other horses, and showing them. But yes, this was a success.
Get our flying changes down. Fail. They aren’t there consistently. They exist, but aren’t “down”.
Feel confident jumping around full courses with consistent pace. Yes, success. O is really starting to figure out how to regulate herself, and I have stepped up and gotten a better feel for the ride we need.
Win a ribbon, any ribbon: Not only ribbons, but some blue ones to start O’s collection.
Find and buy new tall boots to fit my mammoth calves. I love my tredsteps! They are ridiculous comfortable and look great.
Participate in a clinic. Success! Probably one of my absolute favorite memories of 2014, I had a blast and learned so much. Plus my horse showed up and showed us she could be really great.