1/1, Entry One
A continuation of http://www.horseforum.com/member-journals/under-construction-ct-tevis-74532/
Another year, and nothing is really different for me and Baby Girl. Same barn, same town, few of the same problems, same dream... With a slightly clearer plan on making it. Add a few new skills, more experience, and a few hundred miles. We've got a team.
This year's overlaying theme comes from my trainer, Megan, who I think heard it from the head trainer of the horse production Cavalia. The horses in the show never given the same part for long. Before they retire, each horse has done everything. They are constantly being trained and retrained. It keeps them thinking and interested in their work. Cross training is key.
In 2012, I'm going to apply that to my own training. I'll try to do something different every day. Run full out in the pasture one day, do some gait work the next, circles and turns at a walk and trot after that, ground work another, and wrap my horse in a blue tarp and walk around the following afternoon. Jump once in a while. Ground drive. Pretend to be a reiner. Run barrels. Something like that.
But I'll have to start that tomorrow, since today it's raining. Ugh. The only horsey thing I can do today is put on Baby Girl's blanket this afternoon.
Happy New Year!