I basically got a raging head cold on New Year's Day. What a way to ring in the new year, eh? So, while I stare bleary-eyed at the screen and dream of the day when I'll be back out at the barn, I figured what better way to recuperate than blog about last year and my goals for 2011.
First off, though I know this is more in line with Thanksgiving than New Year's, I want to just put it out there that I am so very, very thankful to have the support of my family who've helped me buy my first reiner. This mare is a beaut and I am grateful to have her. It was totally out of my reach to afford such a talented, competitive horse in the Hunter and Dressage worlds, but reining -- while pricy -- is not out of control by any means. I am more than grateful to my trainers who took a soured dressage queen who adamantly announced right and left that she would NEVER show again, that she just wanted to have fun and made her realize that the two notions could actually be compatible. Color me shocked....no, reallly. I was that miserable with riding. I can honestly say that I'm happier and more confident as a rider and as a person than I've been in years. In fact, I can't remember the last time I felt this content.
So, my goals for this year are really very simple. Firstly, I refuse to be too hard on myself. I have to recognize that I have progressed extremely fast in a completely new discipline and not get pissed at myself when I suddenly hit a roadblock. That's a REALLY hard one.
Secondly, my trainer recently handed me a show schedule that is ridiculously packed. This schedule encompasses the shows that only my horse will do and the shows I have to go to, but still....it's the toughest show schedule I think I've ever seen. So, I have to first get myself motivated and excited about showing, but also balance that with my innate competitiveness. I guess what I'm trying to say is that I need to be a tough competitor, but remember why I started reining in the first place - to have fun.
And finally, I need to blog more and get more serious about this outlet. I aim to write more posts a week and go back to the original format of book reviews, video reviews and in-depth discussions of various famous horses/equestrians. Any suggestions are welcome!!
Besides that I just plan to chill out about the small stuff. The lead changes will come, I'll be more accurate in my guiding. And I'll get more and more comfortable with the warm-up pen. I've learned that the way I progress best is to just remain open, be patient and keep practicing. Those things work themselves out if you remain observant and thoughtful. Hope that doesn't sound like lecturing, but if there was one thing I learned from my teaching days, it's that adult students always overthink things: if you remain focused on the big items, the little details fall into place.