Success – made sure to incorporate centerlines, 20m circles, and diagonals into every ride in October (even though there were only like… four… haha.
- (Cinna) Develop something vaguely resembling a free walk
Nope, didn’t even really try. Fail.
Partial success – I did trailer her and ride her off my property, but I opted for the outdoor because I thought it provided more training opportunities.
Success – went on lots of long trail rides (including our 9mi trail ride at Indian Camp Creek and the hunter pace last weekend). Obviously this is an ongoing goal, not one with an actual end date.
- (Ruby) Work on coordination using cavaletti
Minimal success – I did free jump her one day, but I totally failed at actually setting up cavaletti.
- (Ruby) Have classical dressage trainer out for lesson
Total failure – but in my defense I had some sort of event planned almost every single weekend day through mid-November, so hard to coordinate schedules. Not sure November will be any better honestly!
I’m not sure how successful I was, but I did prep for the show and send in entries.
Partial success – due to some unplanned events (friends visiting, thumbtack in my foot, etc) I skipped the gym a few days in favor of sleeping in. But I did jog on the track at least every other time I went, and now that DH is switched to his new work schedule I will definitely be up early enough for the gym more often.
- (Myself) Dig out yoga DVDs
Total fail – didn’t even look.
- (Myself) Refrain from unnecessary impulse purchases
Also failed – placed an order with Riding Warehouse, bought something from Whinneywear, and I’m sure there are other things I forgot… haha.
Not sure if this is a success yet or not, but I did try to impress upon him how important this is to me, and I think he’s slightly more on board. Slightly. Time will tell!
- (Cinna) Attend first horse show, complete one dressage test without leaving the arena or dumping rider
- (Cinna) Continue to work as often as weather allows
- (Ruby) Attend fall schooling show, attain scores necessary to be eligible for CDCTA year-end awards
- (Ruby) Go on another ride at Indian Camp Creek, or a new trail
- (Myself) Continue working out regularly, either at the gym or using DVDs at home
- (Myself) Seriously STAHP spending money and repay savings account for impulse hot tub upgrade (although that was mostly DH) and also save for Puerto Rico!
October was a mixed bag -- obviously I was overly ambitious with my goals, but that's okay! I've scaled back a little for November because as DH settles into his new schedule, our routines are going to drastically change. So I want to give myself plenty of wiggle room to figure things out without feeling like I need to beat myself up for not attaining goals. I think that's fair!