So, before I sit down and think hard about my goals and aspirations for 2018, I wanted to take the time to look back at what I had wrote for 2017 (quite literally in the final hours of the year). This entire year has been an interesting - from beginning a new partnership with my very first baby horse, to losing my sweet Suzie mare, and dealing with the inner-turmoil that is Adulthood.
2017 Goals Recap
Be comfortable, content, and retired. If anyone deserves the life of leisure, it's this mare.I would say that for the most part, 2017 was about keeping Suzie as happy and healthy as she could be, given the circumstances of her diagnosis. Continue to utilize the pain management program set out by the Vet; continue with the injections and continually reassess her quality of life to ensure she is stable and happy.As readers know, I continued to manage Suzie's pain and assess her quality of life throughout the year. My little red mare remained stoic and sweet, but made it clear she was ready to go near the end of September. On October 16, 2017 I sat in the pouring rain with her head in my lap and said goodbye as she took her very last breaths on our property where we buried her beneath a cedar tree.
|See Carly, Spud has a cute lil snoot too!|
- Order a new cart for him if it is in the cards (financial cards, that is). Did not happen. With buying a new horse, the cart was put on the back burner, esp because I don't really *need* a new cart just yet.
- Compete at 1-3 FDTs or CDEs at 1st Level. With local fires in the area of the shows, I was unable to attend as most were cancelled for the year.
- Qualify for the 2018 BC Heritage Championships. I was unable to qualify due to shows being cancelled due to the fires.
Have him understand vocal cues for turning ("left"/"right" are the words I am using versus the customary "gee"/"haw").This one we nailed! Little guy knows his turning cues! Nail down the lengthens and free walk.Lengthens are better and free-walk is almost there. He's starting to lower his poll and stretch his neck.
|It's amazing how much I am falling in love with this lady <3|
- Purchase a new horse (?!) Ironically enough, I thought I would be purchasing a 2017 foal from a breeder I have been following, but ended up purchasing a coming 5 year old Appendix mare that had just been started. Not only did I purchase a new horse for 2017, but I also took her to a few lessons, clinics, and shows.
- Work hard to pay off debts that have accumulated from earlier in 2016. Does debt ever go away? lol. I'm slowly getting there. It's a tough road tho because once you save up for something or pay off one thing, another disaster occurs (like needing to purchase Ty a wheelchair).
Complete and survive my first year of my CHSE certificate - preferably ahead of schedule.Despite not sticking to the schedule I had set for myself, I am still ahead of the completion date for the courses. In addition, I've done quite well with the quizzes/ tests, which I am pretty happy about.
- Continue to plug away at the property and work towards bringing the horses home. We continued to plug away - little by little! The hole is filled now so we can start to put up fencing next year and plan for the barn and the last bit of earthworks that need doing!
Take a trip with the SO somewhere - preferably to the island to visit my parents.SO and I went to Nanaimo to visit my parents, which is the only true "vacation" we managed to take. Next year we are hoping for more camping time and a few other vacations.
It's funny how looking at these goals doesn't give a good grasp on what the year meant to me and how it changed me. So much changed in 2017, and so many things will never be the same. And as always, there will be some 2017 baggage I will carry with me throughout the New Year and onwards. Still though, I cannot help but feel a sense of pride and gratitude for not only my horses, but my friends and family. In my darkest hours of 2017, I was fortunate enough to have horse (and non horse) friends, blog friends, relatives, and onwards rally together and be a large piece of inner strength for me when I really needed it.
That being said, 2017 was full of life-lessons and I am so very thankful for each and every one of them.