I am the last person to do this. Almost a full month late. Hey, I’ve been busy! To refresh your memory, here is my original goals post. And I think I did pretty well!
RELEASE OVER FENCES!Accomplished! As you can see from my most recent lesson report, I am giving plenty of rein over fences! Is it the prettiest release? No. Is it an auto? No. But it’s a release, and it’s effective, and I am going to celebrate that!
Also done! …sort of. I’m choosing to consider all the work I do with my no-longer-so-new grooming/barn hand job to count as exercise. I have certainly built up some muscles in my arms!
Post more without stirrups
Okay, so I’m not going to be winning any awards for my ability to do this, but I have definitely improved! I can post without stirrups for longer than approximately five seconds now. I’m so glad I’ve been building up all this new strength! Be able to hold two-point for longer
DONE! As I’ve mentioned recently, I’ve been doing lots of two-point in my lessons! Again, not going to be winning any awards, but so much better than I was in January.
I love crossing things off my list. You know what else I love? New goals lists.
2015 Q2 Short Term Goals
(April through June)
- Jump a full course at 2’9″-3′
My most recent lesson was so exciting for me. I feel like I’ve accomplished so much even though it was just the one jump! But now that I know I can do it, and do it reasonably well, I want to continue on this jumping higher vein and work my way up to doing courses at that height. Even if they’re little baby courses. Six jumps still counts!
- Start lessoning twice a week whenever I am able
This one was on my year-long goals list! I still have to work on the scheduling with this one, but I am now financially in a place where this is a reasonable and attainable goal. Obviously sometimes I will be out of town or busy or whatever, but I feel like over the past month or so my riding has been progressing SO much and I want to keep it that way!
- Groom at another show for work
Why would I want to torture myself again, you ask? …Good question. No, I really do want to gain the experience! I learned so much at my first AA show and I want to keep the ball rolling.
- Begin to fine-tune my equitation, especially over fences
I mentioned this in my last post, but although my equitation is certainly very serviceable, there are a few little things that still need to be improved. Hopefully now that my strength and endurance are up to par I can start working on the little, nitpicky things! (
Also, it would be fun if I could eventually go do the adult medals… on my imaginary horse…)