Showing posts from January, 2020

Jumping and not being terrified the whole time

I've been very timidly stepping back into jumping with Lucie. Why? Because I'm timid. In my defense, her fitness was still needing work, and it made no sense to start jumping if I didn't feel great about her flatwork. At this point, she's trimmed up a touch (though I will always call her Tubby) and started working the right muscles. We started over small stuff for quite a few rides, just x rails and super tiny verticals. I didn't measure anything, but I doubt we got higher than 18". She's kind of a weird jumper in that she doesn't put any effort into the approach, can't be bothered to pick up her feet consistently, and barely holds herself together with the getaway, but she pushes off with a considerable amount of power over every jump. If I were more physically fit with even an ounce of core strength, this wouldn't be an issue, but I am not physically fit and have only half an ounce of core strength. Two pointing at the start of my rides

Goal Digger: Looking Ahead to 2020

I know everyone is saying it, but, guys . . . . . I have 2020 vision . . . so long as you don't look at the restriction on my license that requires me by law to drive with glasses . . . but I have 2020 vision. As usual, I'm splitting up my goals in order to put my priorities in the right place.      For goals/items that I seriously need to work on and improve and cannot let myself slack on Do more than the bare minimum to take care of my body Improve body control Practice working through fear, stress, and anxiety Take lessons      For goals that currently require a little more planning, discussion, and thought Show in hunters Show in equitation Take Dressage lesson(s) Photography professionally at a horse show     Self explanatory Show in Dressage Submit an article to an online equine publication Upgrade all of my personal riding equipment Try barrel racing Of course, I'll elaborate on these as the year goes on, but here's what