This year is going to kinda be a bit different for goals - not that I don't have any, but that I'm willing to be more lax about the specifics. Last year, I put numbers to a lot of things and while I still was able to achieve a good amount of my goals, I feel like having a lack of pressure to perform and "get things done" will ease me into a routine that is more helpful to me and my horse. Instead of saying "I want to jump 2'6" by October." I will say "I want to jump more, and be comfortable jumping bigger jumps".
I found that I was less frazzled last year with the way I laid out my goals, as in years previous I revisited them monthly and found myself floundering to keep up with my own expectations. Goals aren't meant to shake every ounce of your worth out, and they certainly aren't meant to stress you out. When December 31st rolled around and I looked back at all the items I managed to tick off, I was proud. We had blips of issues along the way - lack of forwards, trail riding woes, etc - but they were momentary issues that we worked steadily on to improve. I'm sure 2019 will carry some baggage from 2018, which is fine, but I feel better prepared to deal with the issues and better developed as a rider to address the nuances and understand that they do not define Annie and I as partners.
This will be Annie's third year under saddle, and I feel like things are starting to become more "mature". The funny thing about it, is that I still feel like I'm learning about her and understanding her. I think she is still trying to figure herself out too, in some circumstances. Growing up we go through so many developmental changes so I imagine this year, she'll have a better understanding of what is expected of her as well as how to manage her own self (both in mind and body).
It goes without saying tho, that beyond the point-form goals below, my biggest goal of all is to further develop a partnership and relationship with my horses, and keep learning from both of them. Which is why any of us do this whole horsey thing in the first place!
Now... hurry up and be over Winter!