Day 02- Your current riding goals
This... by, next week....
Robert Whitaker at the Stockholm International Horse Show
Jumping a 2.12 m wall on Waterstone 2, bareback.
I have so many goals, maybe that's my problem?
I think I'll have to narrow it down, and break it into categories...
Short Term: Working on becoming a better rider, while training a "green" horse the basics.
- sometimes, this is easier said than done. What is that old saying... green + green = black & blue. With well-trained horses, you can fall into bad habits, and they catch you. With not-so well-trained horses, those habits will bite you in the ass... sometimes literally, sometimes figuratively!
I have some goals in mind come summer... be able to take Jingle to a gymkhana, and calmly and successfully complete a barrel pattern & pole bending pattern (speed is not important). I would also like to find my horses right lead, and his stop, somewhere in his brain. :)
For Myself: Show
(and show, successfully)
- it's no secret I want to try cutting, so, when I envision my long term goals I see myself at Fort Worth. However, ultimately, even if cutting isn't the avenue I find myself wandering down, I want to be able to show at a decently competitive level in some horse-sport. Why? Why isn't trail riding with my family enough? Curry combing the kids Shetlands while my hubby bbq's? Maybe that is in my future, BUT... I'm a highly competitive person, and I want to make horses my life, and my career, thus, showing competitively, and successfully, means that you have reached high levels of success, and skill. Both of those "S" words, are big words, and they mean a lot to me.
For Jingle: Kid's Horse.
- I mock shetlands, and now look what I want for my horse! Realistically, one of my happiest moments is when I envision a day that Jingle is semi-retired, giving young kids their first lessons, and being that dependable well-trained horse, that will catch them when they stumble.