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    2020? Finally overcome my show nerves enough to be able to show my unicorn at 1st level.

    Then there is the small matter of getting fit enough and dropping a few, OK many pounds to make sure that we can show well.
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      My goals are finally making it to Prix St George (We failed this year because I missed too many basics, but we worked really hard to establish them and I am positive).. But first I need to get back in shape... My young horse bucked me off ( my fault) a couple of weeks ago and I broke some ribs and punctured my lung. But I am back to riding already and feel great, so that shouldn’t be a problem...


        I barely survive to tomorrow so kudos to you for inspiring some of us (me for sure) to get our act together and make a riding and goals plan. We do this in business and school and sometimes we just forget that in our personal plans. Thank you for the reminder. Hope you reach those goals! Rock it girl!
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          2019 is/was the year of rehab!
          2020 first goal is to be sound and develop more condition. I would like to get him off the farm for a clinic to see how he reacts (and how I do - its been a long time!) Thus far he has only trailered out for vet visits. And we need to get more solid in trailer loading as well.
          I would like to take all the lessons possible with my trainer who only comes around once a month and not at all during the winter. When injured he was pretty solid First Level with some Second Level (with canter work lagging behind trot) so I am looking forward to playing with some of the fun movements in Second Level.
          Shows? Meh, maybe a schooling show or two. Not sure if the hassle is worth it for me anymore. Just want to enjoy my pretty pony!


            One of my hopes is to have a sound horse for the entire year!

            Otherwise my goals:
            Work on my fitness - to the point where I don't struggle to finish a XC course
            Consistent jumping and dressage lessons
            Build up the horse's topline again
            Double clear Novice eventing
            Compete in 1st level


              I'd also be very satisfied to have my horse, whom I've had for just over two years, stay safe and sound for an entire show season. He's a lot of fun and I'm improving exponentially lately.

              In the Spring of '18 we earned the Third Level scores for my Bronze and then put together what I thought was an awesome 3L Freestyle. He developed a primary peritonitis which was pretty stressful, took weeks to diagnose (they initially thought he had some viral contagion and he was hospitalized in isolation, twice) and it shortened our planned season considerably. After he recovered, I earned my way to Regionals at Third but we didn't get to qualify the Freestyle.

              Then in January of '19 I was signed up for my Fourth Level debut. He was diagnosed with a partial tear of the peronius tertius a week before the show. Apparently it's something he did playing in turnout and it was also difficult to diagnose. The careful rehab took months but if there's an upside, so much walking and minimal trotting under saddle as he came back, with just us in the arena and no show plans or pressure, really helped me find a more solid seat and connection to him. Right when he was getting cleared to canter was about the time I left for the summer months.

              Now I'm back In Arizona and in full lessons, and signed up for Fourth Level test 1 at a local show one month from now. I'm really happy to have bounced back to where we were before and I feel ready. It will be my first time back in the ring in just over a year (since Regionals of '18) and if all goes well this time, my Fourth Level debut. It will be so fun to canter down centerline for the entry, and if we look and feel like a legit Fourth Level pair, I will be happy. The two scores toward the Silver Medal will be icing on the cake if I do earn the 60+ each day.

              Then I'm going to take the time to work more on the PSG and see if I can ride that in a show at some point at a show in the Spring of 2020. Maybe February, March, or April. There's an Arizona show opportunity in each of those months. If I do that, and can get a qualifying Freestyle score, I will rewrite the choreography and do a Fourth Level ride using the same Third Level musical piece that I already have.

              And then I will be able to do PSG and a Fourth Freestyle with an eye toward qualifying score for 2020 Regionals in both. If all goes well. This time.


                I'm finding it really interesting to read everyone's perspectives on how to plan for the new year and it's definitely motivating me!

                In fun updates, I did a schooling show this weekend (just at home where we board) and decided to try First tests 2 and 3 - I wasn't sure if we were entirely ready to do those tests, especially Test 3, but thought I'd try since it was low-stakes. I was really happy with the results! Our canter still needs more balance at times and the leg-yields need work, but we got a 79% on Test 3, woohoo!! Definitely feel ready to try First Level at a recognized show. Very happy (and little mare was an angel with me all weekend, in full view of everyone, despite the fact that lots of other boarders now semi-think of her as a dangerous kicking monster after the groom story got spread around ugh).
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                  I have a minor update of my own already! My mare and I went to a clinic this past weekend with one of my barn owner's trainers. She loved my mare and thought we were on the right path. She gave me a few things to think about and work on, one of which was improving our haunches in. My friend got a great picture of me in haunches in, and I got to see how differently I have to position my hands to get the proper angle and bend. My mare is not at the point where I can keep my hands closer together when I ask for it, but we'll get there. We also worked on transitions (clinician is a stickler for them) and I think we struck upon a good warm up routine finally! I have 4 weeks until my first recognized show of the season and I really think we'll be ready.
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                    Continue improving at PSG, especially getting ME secure in the changes. Qualify at 4th and PSG for Regionals - which will be held about 2 miles from my house next year......


                      Originally posted by MysticOakRanch View Post
                      My goal is to be able to RIDE again. ... Ugh, injuries and aging are a b*$%ch....
                      Sciatica-caused lingering loss of flexibility and tone is my problem. I’m close to being able to actually swing my leg completely over finally.

                      Goal is to show in the spring!


                        My goal for 2020 is to have my mare confirmed at second level, maybe start on changes. Always working on improving my position and our partnership. Will continue to have my trainer also work with her and maybe take her to a couple of schooling shows just for the experience to get her off the farm. I completed my Bronze requirements a few years back on a different horse, horse now retired. With this new young horse I am at an age where I don’t care about showing anymore but enjoy the schooling and also just hacking around.


                          UPDATE (because the OP gave the thumbs up!)

                          My horse who has recently learned simple changes is now a simple change machine. "Canter NOW?" "No, just walk" "Canter NOW?" "no, just trot". We're doing all sorts of things besides simple changes to show him he has to wait. We're using the centerline now extensively because he thinks he knows the lead to pick up depending on the direction of travel. Picking up the counter-lead on the long side? "Oh please, lady, your aids are all wrong and I'm going to ignore them in a very pissy way". Picking up the canter on the centerline shows him he really doesn't know what direction we're going to eventually turn in, he has to listen. Bonus is that his trot and canter have improved remarkably on the 10m half-circles and lines where he doesn't know where we're going and therefore choses to balance himself in collection. It's nice when I don't have to half-halt because he is very physically and mentally engaged. Such an orchid.
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                            Spent 2 1/2 hours at a clinic Friday to try to figure out my older girl's issue, and despite the fact she originally reacted everywhere, the nerve block in coffin joint made her sound and unresponsive everywhere. X-rays were clean, so we pinpointed location and now have an MRI scheduled to figure out what the actual problem is and determine a course of action. Therefore, my goal is now to get her through whatever treatment and rehab may be needed, so we can get her sound.
                            The younger girl had a coyote threatening her during my ride last lesson and she held it together alertly, staying balanced and responsive to my aids - so we are progressing well to my goals. The show I was thinking of moved to February which is even better, and now my goal for her.
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                              Jumping on the update train.

                              We won First Level 1 by a margin of 4% with a 66 a couple weeks back. It was just a good-not-great score at a small schooling show, but that tells me we're definitely on the right track. I'm hesitantly entered in First 1 and First 2 in a couple weeks, likely the last schooling show of the season. I'm not expecting a very good score on the right leg yield specifically but I don't feel like we'd gain as much from doing Training 3 again. The lengthenings aren't fantastic but they're much more present than they were a month ago, thanks to regular hill work. If we spend the winter and spring strengthening our lateral work, I'm hopeful we'll be competitive at one of the recognized shows our barn hosts. I know first level isn't exactly impressive in the grand scheme of things but I'm really stoked.


                                Originally posted by malriis View Post
                                Jumping on the update train.

                                We won First Level 1 by a margin of 4% with a 66 a couple weeks back. It was just a good-not-great score at a small schooling show, but that tells me we're definitely on the right track. I'm hesitantly entered in First 1 and First 2 in a couple weeks, likely the last schooling show of the season. I'm not expecting a very good score on the right leg yield specifically but I don't feel like we'd gain as much from doing Training 3 again. The lengthenings aren't fantastic but they're much more present than they were a month ago, thanks to regular hill work. If we spend the winter and spring strengthening our lateral work, I'm hopeful we'll be competitive at one of the recognized shows our barn hosts. I know first level isn't exactly impressive in the grand scheme of things but I'm really stoked.
                                Great update! We'll expect another one after your show! GOOD LUCK!!!
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                                  This year I earned my silver medal and 2020 will be a year of new adventures and focus on training, I’m so excited to be leaving the desert Southwest in a few weeks for the much greener pastures of middle TN! Literally a dream come true for me. My horse is 14 and has lived 11 of those years with me in the desert and I’m so excited for him to live where turnout will be on acres of green grass. I want to take the next year for him to adjust to things like occasional snow and falling leaves and just ride for the sheer love of it. No show pressures, nothing, just training and growing as a team together. It will be the first time in our 11 years together when there wasn’t a show goal looming before us and as I don’t really enjoy showing this is going to be a much needed time to rejuvenate and just enjoy the process. So excited!!