Another awesome thing that happened in the month of December was hubby landed his dream job!! I love seeing him go to work every day with a smile on his face and working a 40 hour (as opposed to 60 hour) work week. We still haven't established a rhythm of passing the baby back and forth so that I can get up to the barn, but I'm sure we'll get there. I've also been working a lot more lately, and hoping that things will slow down in the New Year. Finn's been getting a bit of a vacation this past month as the weather has been absolutely freezing (really wish our indoor was heated!) and only been getting ridden 2 times or so a week. Next week trainer is going to start riding Finn 3 days a week, and I will be lessoning 1 day, and hopefully riding 1-2 more times a week. Looking back at our 2013 goals...we didn't complete a single one of them (complete an event, hunter pace, get off property). All we did was get off property to move to a different barn which ended up being a total disaster.
My goals for 2014 are:
1. Become a stronger rider. This is absolutely my #1. I've been going to the gym, running, lifting weights, and doing yoga and barre classes. This has made a huge difference in my riding, confidence level, and stickability. I used to not ride for a week, get on my horse, and feel like a beginner. Since starting to work out more I find that if I'm not in the saddle for a while I still feel strong when I do ride.
2. This is practically tied for #1-- KEEP MY HORSE SOUND AND HEALTHY! I know that this is not something I can control, but I feel like in the nearly two years I've owned Finn I've had my fair share of injuries. Just let him stay sound and uninjured!
3. Work on both mine and Finn's confidence. Start exposing Finn to more so that we are confident partners.
4. I'm going to put this out there. I want to go to one show! I don't care if it's a schooling dressage show, or an on property schooling show, just something!
5. Jump my horse again.
Here's a short video from a couple week's ago of my trainer riding. He's the little bay trotting. I think he's looking much better!!