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2015 Goals Recap

 Time to recap my goals from the beginning of the year!

Knowing what I know now I think that a lot of these were way out there for 2015. I've also switched my focus a little and thanks to regular lessons with a great instructor I've got better ideas for goals for 2016 which I will be sharing soon!

23 completed out of 48 so almost half accomplished :-)

Completed Goals

- cross train, add cavaletti
- stay still for mounting
- continue with clipper desensitization
- perfect trailer loading – On this last barn move she hopped right in despite the wind blowing and the trailer being completely different than she's ever ridden in so I'm pretty confident in her trailering skills.
- get used to riding around other horses and busy warm up areas
- listen to outside leg cues
- get a halt that regularly lasts at least 20 seconds by the end of February
- find someone to take regular lessons with by the end of February
- renew my subscription to Dressage Today and read every article
- update the name of this blog (I promise it will be the last time)
- make good turnout a habit (pretend I'm getting ready to ride for George Morris everyday lol)
- Order the saddle by the end of June
- save up and purchase a saddle that fits both of us better – Picked one out!!
- get a new job and move to a metro location (more on this in a future post)
- find transportation to shows
- take regular lessons - at least once per month
- learn to keep my lower leg back on a regular basis
- practice a more proper arm position
- gain miles in the saddle
- do a better job of journaling my riding in my blog
- learn to weight each seat bone as needed

Goals for Katai that didn't get completed:
- get chiropractic done at least three times in 2015 (33% completed)
- get at least three massages in 2015 (0% completed)
- start serious fitness training as soon as it's not slippery out to include canter sets (25% completed)
- add more structured lunging - at least 3-4 times per month (15% completed)
- practice with show environments by trailering off property at least five times this year (0% completed)
- show in three dressage schooling shows with at least one at training level (0% completed)
- ride in one two clinics - can be any discipline (0% completed)
- perfect standing tied to the trailer (0% completed)
- nicer canter transitions (no more ear pinning and less choppy trotting) by the end of March (became better now worse so we'll go with a 0% completed)
- better bend at all gaits to the left (20% completed)
- more understanding of whip cues by the middle of the year (45% completed)
- understand all three intro tests by the end of April (0% completed)
- begin trying our hoof at training level tests by the end of May (0% completed but we could ride them now)
- gain trail riding experience both by ourselves and with others - get outside and ride trails at least 3-4 times per month (60% completed)

Goals for me that didn't get completed:
- find a good yoga class and go at least twice per month (0% completed)
- get regular massages (0% completed)
- run in at least one 5K by the end of April (providing I can find one and the weather isn't too horrible), one 10K by the end of June, and Ragnar (total of about 13 miles) again in the late summer (0% completed)
- lose 15 - 20 more pounds (15% completed)
- regain jumping skills :-) (0% completed)
- ride different horses (0% completed)
- put together at least one set of show clothes (schooling show appropriate) (0% completed)
- determine which schooling shows to attend and get signed up (50% completed - found them just didn't sign up)
- memorize intro tests by the end of May (0% completed)
- take more and better pictures and videos (20ish% completed at least I was sharing a few more!)
- read and review a horse book every month – February Success! (18% completed)


  1. I'm envious of your ability to set such quantifiable goals! Great work , you got so much accomplished :)


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