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  • Yearly Riding Goals

    My trainer has asked me to come to my next lesson with some goals and objectives for what I would like to accomplish this year.

    I'd love to hear what some of y'alls personal riding goals are.

  • #2
    I just printed mine out to hang in my tack cabinet!

    They include getting my 2nd level scores for my bronze, improving some of our stickier/weaker areas as well as some goals just for me related to improved position and effectiveness. We're also moving this year (AF PCS to goodness knows where) so I also have a goal to find a boarding barn and trainer near our new base.

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    • #3
      There was another thread about goals, but I think it had a different tone than this one.

      As far as goals discussed with my trainer - I want to be showing 2nd (even if only at schooling shows) and therefore schooling 4th. Since we're schooling (roughly, poorly, at least on my part!) 3rd right now, it's not too big a challenge. My horse is ready for it, so I have to get there, too.
      Originally posted by Silverbridge
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      • #4
        Working out some kinks - mostly rider - and hoping to show PSG in the spring.

        After that, to get my two scores for silver medal.

        Then I-1...

        Funny how it looks so basic in print when I know there is a ton of work that has to take place!
        We don't get less brave; we get a bigger sense of self-preservation........

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        • #5
          Well.... With the Friesian just to not UNtrain him He already is doing collected work and I hope to firm it up rather than unravel since the trainer wont be riding him

          With my fave girl (my own horse) just getting into shape

          With the pony some piaffe and passage that is solid
          ~~Member of the TB's Rule Clique ~~
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          • #6
            Trust my ankle, trust Sophie.
            I wasn't always a Smurf
            Penmerryl Sophie RIDSH
            "I ain't as good as I once was but I'm as good once as I ever was"
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            • #7
              We dipped our hoof in PSG this last year, so this year it is going to be a strong showing in PSG and horse willing my Silver Medal.
              I hate to admit but I start thinking about my shorter term goals the minute the last show year is over.

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              • #8
                Make a push to do the Developing YH PSG with Wyatt by spring. If not April, then June.
                Continue to develop Oz and see how far we can get this year. He's working his 1's now and thinks they're easy, so hopefully I won't mess him up.
                See if Liam is going to be ready to do the YH push in the 5 year olds by spring.
                Keep adding a mare per month to the 'serious' list and not leave them on the back burner just in work. (Wendy, Wylie, Lona, Stella, Lexy, Lacey)
                Foxhunt Kitty a few more times to keep my balance of fun and serious work intact.
                Showing enough at the lower levels to get my Bronze scores on some of the youngsters.

                All of this stuff will hinge on my leg not becoming more of a problem and losing the 20lbs I packed on in a year of not being able to do much. Feel the burn is the name of the game...

                ETA - try to get my elbows to stay on my ribcage and not flap about in the breeze like a chicken. That is the big one. Seriously.
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                • #9
                  Personal riding goals:

                  1. Show third level with 13 hand devil in pony clothing (have been showing 2nd level & schooling third/fourth).

                  2. Show first level with coming 6 year old stallion and have quiet, pleasant tests with power but not too much exuberance

                  3. Show training level with new little red head gal, 5 years old but only ridden for the last two months.

                  4. Toying with the idea of dusting off my FEI guy and trying a musical freestyle. He's now being ridden by my daughter (who will hopefully get a full-time PAYING job soon ).

                  In general I want to improve my timing (application of the aids) and develop better feel so that I won't get in the way of who I"m riding (particularly the little guy, not a lot of back or length of barrel there).
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                  • #10
                    1. Trailer the mare everywhere I can between January and June for lessons/schooling to get her over the whole melt-down portion of showing.

                    2. Definitely get First Level scores and possibly Second Level scores for bronze (it's our first year that I've been able to afford our memberships to USEF and USDF and pay for a few recognized shows!).

                    3. Polish up our schooling of Third, play with Fourth.

                    4. Remember to have play days...jumping, hacking, simply hand grazing and spending time with the mare.

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                    • #11
                      WOW

                      after reading some of these goals - mine seem pretty darn basic! Don't think I can afford to show this year, hoping for a few lessons.

                      My main objective this year - relaxing and applying timely aids. We've come a long way and I truly feel like I'm finally "getting it" - some rides are glorious, others not so much - I'm greedy - I want more of those glorious rides!
                      http://fromdressagehorsetocowpony.blogspot.com/

                      "I am still under the impression that there is nothing alive quite so beautiful as a thoroughbred horse." -- John Galsworthy

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Tiger Horse View Post
                        after reading some of these goals - mine seem pretty darn basic! Don't think I can afford to show this year, hoping for a few lessons.

                        My main objective this year - relaxing and applying timely aids. We've come a long way and I truly feel like I'm finally "getting it" - some rides are glorious, others not so much - I'm greedy - I want more of those glorious rides!
                        Though not evident in some of the posts, this is likely an objective for many of us - I find w/ my mare that the relaxing and timely aids are more critical as we push for more collection, so if I dont get that, my schedule and goals will be delayed!
                        We don't get less brave; we get a bigger sense of self-preservation........

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by 2tempe View Post
                          Though not evident in some of the posts, this is likely an objective for many of us - I find w/ my mare that the relaxing and timely aids are more critical as we push for more collection, so if I dont get that, my schedule and goals will be delayed!
                          Gosh, you are so right - hadn't thought of it that way. My guy (a TB) is very tense to begin with, so my staying relaxed is really a must. One of the hardest things I had to learn was to stay relaxed and push a very forward horse into my hands - it just seems so counter intuitive . . . however, the results have been amazing!
                          http://fromdressagehorsetocowpony.blogspot.com/

                          "I am still under the impression that there is nothing alive quite so beautiful as a thoroughbred horse." -- John Galsworthy

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                          • #14
                            First goal is to find someone to co-lease the horse I want so I can start riding more often and do more consistent work.

                            Training wise, I want to refine my aids and work on keeping a more relaxed posture.
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                            You're just jealous because you lack my extensive koalafications.

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                            • #15
                              2012Goals

                              1. Make sure my horse stays as healthy, fit, and happy as I can.
                              2. Improve my seat and position.
                              3. Get better scores.
                              4. Win a regional championship or reserve.
                              I'll take 1 and 2 as most important

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