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post #11 of 17 Old 10-23-2013, 08:46 PM
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My goals are big, but I will be happy if I can accomplish even 10% of them. I've got an indoor and love riding in the cold with a higher octane horse, so I'm rearing to go.

November - Plan to fully participate in no stirrups November as long as we are riding in the confines of the ring and it's not below 20 degrees.

Jumping, lots and lots of gymnastic work. Every grid combination I can think of. My position sucks and it's holding back a rather talented scopey jumper. By the end of winter, I want 2'6" to look like baby jumps. I am done letting my horse pull anything in terms of running out or refusing. It's becoming an increasing problem and it a total hole in our training that needs to be addressed. He's going dead straight to everything or his day won't be over.

Dressage - Ask more and get more from my horse. I am guilty of letting him off the hook particularly at the canter. Those points we're losing on canter circles in our tests will be a thing of the past by spring. I'm toying with taking a dressage lesson with a BNT just to get an idea of where we really are with our dressage training. I'm sure it will be a humbling lesson, but as long as it gives me a direction to go, I'm fine with that.

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post #12 of 17 Old 10-23-2013, 08:56 PM
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Wow great goals my boy puck!

I don't really have big or concrete goals yet. We are taking our post show season break. We don't jump much in winter and I plan on improving our dressage. I want to get half pass better and also smoother flying changes, although hers are already pretty good.
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post #13 of 17 Old 10-23-2013, 09:07 PM
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Before moving to Florida (yeah, I hear some 'raspberries' coming my way!), we lived in Wisconsin.

Most of my Winter riding took place after the sun set in a unheated riding arena that was 1/4 miles down a driveway from the unheated barn where we tacked up.

I would start by putting on both UnderArmour top and bottom. My next layer would be a fleeced lined pair of riding breeches. A turtleneck might be a next layer then a fleece top. Then a Carhartt jacket over all that. For my feet, I would use toe warmers in my winter boots. I would use hand warmers in my gloves. Over my helmet I would use a Winter Helmet Cover.

I really was wussy in that on the way back from my ride, I would regularly start my car and turn my heated seats on high (along with the heating system) so I would be nice & toasty warm once I got Chuck untacked and taken care of for the night.

I gotta' tell y'all that I'd rather be hot than cold any day!
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post #14 of 17 Old 10-23-2013, 10:02 PM
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I've spent the last 12 months fighting to put weight on my guy and he has made some real progress in the last 90 days. My only goal is to not have to start over with that come spring.
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post #15 of 17 Old 10-23-2013, 10:07 PM
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Continue to develop my seat and keep better contact/engagement/impulsion for longer amounts of time.

Stay round and together THROUGH transitions (so difficult, urgh)

Be able to vary speed through the canter gait as well as I do in trot and walk.

When I'm back with Sky(!!!!!), get him going w/t/c all nice and round and relaxed.

Maybe try out a small show

Oh, and learn to ride in the western saddle without feeling like an alien
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post #16 of 17 Old 10-23-2013, 10:14 PM
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Mmmmkay.. here are some concrete goals:
- Get Zoe stretching over her back, and seek (and hold) contact. Right now she has a tendency to duck BTV a little.
- Walk to canter solid to the left. It is to the right, but she's a bit wiggly to the left
- Go to two schooling shows this winter, in flat classes (w/t even)
- Give her an entire month off from riding, likely in Jan/Feb. She's only 3 1/2, and has been in consistent work since June.
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post #17 of 17 Old 10-24-2013, 02:13 PM
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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!?
Riding goals are to ride horses at the barn as I find time. There are multiple horses I have the chance to ride when I head out. Our 2 horses are babies, so the winter will revolve around working with them and handling them.

I'm scheduled to have surgery within the next few weeks on my hip. We have to fix the same injury that requires surgery every year. Hopefully it will be a quick recovery.

My other goal was to lose weight and get myself in shape, which I've managed to pull off! started off at 145lbs and now down to 125! so my goal now is to build muscle and be in top shape for the spring.
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