When I posted my 2016 goals, I knew that I was unlikely to achieve all of them because I would be undergoing a career change at some point in the year. I just didn’t know exactly when.
Strikethroughs didn’t happen. Check marks did.
2016 Dressage Goals
I actually completely wrote these goals off when I injured my elbow in February. I had to take a few months off from using my right arm. Even once I was allowed to use both arms while riding, I was a bit limited. It actually still hurts if I do any heavy lifting or pulling. We have made a lot of progress in our dressage and I plan to pick up with some of these goals next year depending on my career/financial situation.
2016 Endurance/Trial Riding Goals
✔️ Complete another 25 mile ride
✔️ Go Horse Camping as much as possible
While dressage was a bust, we were very successful with our endurance goals. My husband and I did the intro ride at Run for the Gold and then completed a 25 mile ride at Weaverville. Nilla even won Best Condition at both rides. My husband went on to complete his first 50 with Eugene in October at Quicksilver. We did a ton of horse camping as well. We didn’t end up trying the pack trip as Eugene wasn’t ready in the spring and the place I want to try this has no water in the summer and fall. Maybe next year.
2016 Jumping/Eventing Goals
✔️ Compete at BN level (schooling only)
✔️ Go to a clinic or trailer out to lessons for jumping
Nilla and I did BN at RDLA twice and then attempted BN at Eventful Acres. We also had a very successful outing at Camelot competing at Elementary. I never bothered with the mule shows. It’s not something that truly interests me, but I would like to make it to Bishop Mule Days one day.
✔️ Get Nilla to trailer without killing herself
✔️ Get Nilla over her aversion to bits – she needs to keep her tongue in her mouth
✔️ Lose Weight
✔️ Have 3 happy, healthy, and sound horses
We had to buy a new trailer to make it happen, but we are able to get Nilla from point A to point B without her permanently damaging herself every time. While I finally found a bit that Nilla tolerates, we do still occasionally have some tongue. It’s not perfect, but it’s so much better, so I’m counting it as a success.
I did lose some weight, though not as much as I’d have liked or as much as I need to. I’ll carry this one over to next year, though I am officially calling it a success. As for the final goal, I do have three, happy, healthy horses. Of course, when I made that goal we had Shasta, Nilla, and Dijon. I sold Dijon, Shasta has gone off to live in a pasture for the winter, and we added Eugene and Levi to our herd, but the spirit of the goal has been achieved. Everyone is in good health and as sound as they’re probably going to be.
Overall, this was a fantastic year for goal achievement. I can only hope 2017 goes as well.