Uhhhhhhh. Well, as far as goals go, I think last month was THE biggest failure in terms of completion that I've ever had. I guess some things are really just out of my control.
1) Make this the Month of Dressage! Lots of dressage work, focus on correct and confident work, start to add bits of collection back into the mix, practice tests, take lessons, etc!
Well, we STARTED strong... she was going better than ever, feeling stronger and sounder than ever, and giving me some amazing, mind-blowingly excellent movement. We tried to video a bit of my ride the day before she came up dead lame, and my camera battery died mid-attempt. Sigh.
2) Do records - EVERY day!
I did a terrible job at this. My hand-written records I just gave up on when Gogo went lame. My computer-written records have been going strong, but I don't want to rely on them because I think how things just sometimes magically vanish on computers. But I no longer need hand-written notes on all the training and things I did with her on a particular day... I just need to know how the leg looks, how she's behaving, and on what days do certain procedures happen. I need to back up all my information on this computer.. perhaps that is a good start.
3) Have Gogo's teeth done
Our only success! Dr. R didn't find much of anything on her, just lowered a few mini-points she was getting. She did have some sort of weird plaque build-up on her incisors, which was weird. None of the other horses had it, so we can't figure out WHAT caused it (he said sometimes feed that is high in molasses causes it, but that is certainly not the case here). She had just been done six months ago, and I think she's about at the age where she can really start getting really floated once a year instead of twice. This isn't exactly an exciting goal completion, but it's all we have, so I'll take it!
4) Hopefully have the chiropractor work on Gogo
Didn't happen. Between all the chaos of moving/packing/leaving/job hunting/travel/etc, I just never had a chance to get everything together. And now that she's toast, there's probably not much of a point until we get a little further along in our rehab.
5) Map out a rough game plan for the next two months - I hope to really get back into real, planned, structured work in January in hopes of eventually conditioning for eventing, but I want to keep it simple and easy (and fun!) until that point.
This hurts. Clearly this is a fail.
Well.... there you are.
I could completely stop making goals for the time being, but I don't think I want to do that. I do love a list, and I really extra love completing all the little projects on it. So why not?
December Goals:1) Transition to all-day turnout - and hopefully 24/7 turnout, if the situation allows
2) Decide whether or not we are staying here for the month, or going elsewhere for the month, and carry out that plan successfully
3) Figure out a new supplement plan of attack (we reallllly don't need the whole load of them anymore)
4) Maybe teach her some tricks for fun??
5) Just hang out and enjoy the holiday season!
Maybe I'll do all those stupid Parelli games with her. I think for the most part, all of that natural horsemanship stuff has a really important base, but has become completely swarmed and overtaken by crooks trying to make a quick buck off of idiots. I am pretty sure, having read the little bit about them that I have, that I'd be able to do all seven of them in a day. And I'd do them without fancy halters, orange wavy sticks, or spending hundreds of dollars for DVDs and clinics!
Other than that, I have to really use my brain and figure out what other fun things I can do with her. As long as it's low-stress and low-impact, it's game.
As for today, it's absolutely pouring and blowing like a hurricane out there. I assume the horses are still out, so I'm glad she has a shelter to go hide in, if she figured that out. Not sure that she will! I'm finishing up here with all of my packing, and then I'll go visit her. Tomorrow morning I fly out to Texas for my interview. I dunno how I really feel about Texas in general, but you never know do you?
The very special Ridgeway weekend
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