Thursday, December 8, 2016

Year End Review: 2016 Goals

With December here, I feel like it is safe to push this post out of my drafts folder finally. The horses are heavily blanketed right now and with -22C weather, I don't anticipate any critical changes to my goals.

Hindsight is 20/20 in some things, especially when it comes down to our four-hooved partners. Had things gone the way I intended this year, I would have had a pretty fantastic riding and show season, but as they say, "Everything happens for a reason". I feel as though I played the cards I had been dealt rather well and in a weird way, accomplished almost all of my goals - just not the way I had intended.

So while I had a pretty quiet/boring year, I am looking forward to making new plans for the coming year.


Suzie

  • Continue to show and work towards a High Point in any discipline we choose. Finn, the lease horse I had for a few months, aided me in winning the English Senior High Point at a schooling show.
  • Perform a Dressage Freestyle (Kur). I had planned on doing one with Suzie, then with Finn... but it just didn't happen. Maybe next year.
  • Go in a Gymkhana. Completed without Suzie. Spud went out and threw down some pretty rad moves early in the year.


 Spud
  • Put a rider on him and have him going walk, trot, and canter if possible. I didn't hit this goal as hard as I thought I wanted to - I realized I didn't care too much to have him particularly well-schooled since he's pretty much bomb-proof already. Need I mention the 3 year old birthday party he gave pony rides at?
  • Show in harness; placings do not matter at this point. I'd say this was a home run!
  • Have his "lay down" trick more refined, without me having to hold up his leg. I hadn't done too much with this during the summer months, but played with it more in the Spring and Fall.

Stay tuned for a 2017 Goals list - it is a bit more meatier and exciting than my 2016 goals!

16 comments:

  1. It's so funny that we did this on the same day!!

    Not much left on that list, I'd say!

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  2. I definitely think that playing the hand dealt and doing with success is a super valid/important life skill. Kudos! And here is to next year!

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    1. It is always fun to create goals, but sometimes life doesn't work out that way.
      You have to be flexible in your methods of achieving goals sometimes, and also have to know when to let go of them as well.

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  3. Spud is so cute <3 I had a pretty quiet year too

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  4. I admire how well you handled everything this year. And you should be proud of what you accomplished.

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    1. Aw, thank you so much. It hasn't been an easy year in terms of horses, but there are a lot of silver linings that were had :)

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  5. You accomplished so much given the not so great luck you had! Here's to a better 2017 :)

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  6. You had a really great year, despite some tough curveballs <3

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  7. It's always easier to make plans than to keep them. But you dealt with everything thrown at you in an admirable manner. If we look for them there are usually silver linings. I'm glad you found a few. Good luck in 2017!

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  8. I love making goals but have definitely struggles when things don't go the way I expected. It takes a fair amount of grace and adaptability to roll with it tho, and seems like you made all the important things happen this year no matter what!

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