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post #1 of 17 Old 10-23-2013, 04:44 AM Thread Starter
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Talking Winter Riding Goals

Fellow riders,
It's that time of year again for a lot of usherette days are shorter, it's darker both in early morning and early evening, the cold damp days are rolling in and show season has died down for the most part.

It's that time of year that we pull on those hunky muck boots, 5+ layers and clip out ponies.

Arena lights are on sooner, staying on longer, hot water is treasured thing! As well as those great covered arenas!
Coolers and hot hands come out from storage bins as show cloths and gear are packed away...

The time of year of working super hard on everything all over again is upon us.

What are some goals that you have thought about for your mount and you!?

I can't wait to hear everyone's goals!?
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post #2 of 17 Old 10-23-2013, 01:38 PM Thread Starter
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Really guys!?
No one has posted on here yet!?

Okay ill start with mine!

Get I to a couple comic lessons with my outside trainer, get enough good video to put together to send to my California trainer to look over since he didn't get to come the last time was scheduled :(

Really confirm our leg yields, 10 meter trot circles, 15 meter canter circles, have him up under me much more of the time then we are now ;)
Id really like to improve the upside down neck we have still going on....gross haha
Huge hopes to haul him out to some off island schooling shows and ride training level...possibly a couple 1-1 tests?!

I'd like to head into spring fit, ready to go and 10 steps a heads of where we are now. Big steps? Little steps....I don't care just steps forward please!
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post #3 of 17 Old 10-23-2013, 01:57 PM
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To perfect my leg yeilding flying changes and reinback. To qualify for silverspurs (dressage comp judged only on the rider) on both my pony and my instuctors pony. To qualify for the national dressage winter championships and to place well in the finals. To learn sidesaddle on my instructors pony for the up coming showing season. To get 80% in a dressage test. To get a nine in my dressage. Mabey to have my intermediate bought and to do well in my mocks of my junior cert (first state exam) :)
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post #4 of 17 Old 10-23-2013, 01:59 PM
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Oh also to do well in my lesson(s) with haika (not sure on spelling) one of the dressage riders for Ireland. I hope you and everyone else achieves their goals :)
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post #5 of 17 Old 10-23-2013, 02:03 PM
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My goal is keep my arena clear of ice and stay warm while riding. My instructor gave me a few exercises that don't take much arena space so I'm good for the winter!
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post #6 of 17 Old 10-23-2013, 02:05 PM
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Goal is to ride more than twice a week. I'm a wuss and dislike the cold!
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post #7 of 17 Old 10-23-2013, 02:16 PM
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This year I am tempted to set achievable goals, sit by the fire drinking hot chocolate, and toasting crumpets, but I guess that wont get me far, but I would be warm and toasty.

My real goals will be ground working Angel and riding Gibbs, nothing more stretching than that just now, just getting back in the saddle is the first hurdle
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post #8 of 17 Old 10-23-2013, 02:30 PM
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Continue working with Zoe and deciding whether to keep or sell her in the spring. My immediate goal is to find a consistent program to get into so that I have guidance as to how to bring her along. I'd like to get her in some under saddle classes (flat) next spring.
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post #9 of 17 Old 10-23-2013, 02:33 PM
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I can relate, GH!

Since I hate, hate, hate tacking up in the cold, I'm going to spend the winter riding bareback (save for my weekly lesson in a heated indoor arena) and teaching my greenie turn on the forehand, turn on the haunch, how to not be afraid of moose, and a bunch of groundwork.

After a long summer of intense training, I don't mind some months of long walks through the woods on a very fuzzy pony!

We had our first snow this morning so I guess my winter had begun!

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post #10 of 17 Old 10-23-2013, 02:37 PM
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Oh dear, I think my goals are very low compared to most. I just want to ride once maybe twice a week, which will involve trailer loading (indoor available is about 3 miles away) so we'll keep that up. Ground work if the "ground" allows it at home, and just keeping my two focused and intune with me until all that icky white stuff is but a memory!
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