Thanks to the advice I got in one of my previous posts, I figured I'd make a journal to track my progress as I work on moving further into the horse world. I'm hoping that this journal is not only a way to track my progress, but also a way to keep me accountable as well. My Horse Background:
Basically, I've sat on a few random horses over the years as a grew up, such as random horse back rides every couple years with someone I knew, occassional pony rides at the fair until I got too old/big for that, and then a few months of riding lessons when I was 12, 2 weeks at a horse summer camp, and that's about it.
Then, when I graduated in 2016, I got my first horse. I learnt a lot from her as well as the many other horses I've worked with between that time to where I am now. Also, when I got my first horse, that was the same time i joined this forum so I guess I've actually been here quite a while lol. Anyway, so over the last 4 years, I've had a few sparadoc riding lessons, extra riding I was able to do beyond that due to having my horse, but there was a year and a half where I didn't ride.
So basically, I've had very little experience in the horse world compared to a lot of other people who work with horses. Where I'm at currently
At this point, I'm tired of getting thrown for loops with trainer who say they'll teach me only to then ghost me. I did have one instructor that I took lessons from for about 9 months but never made any progress and it wasn't until I recorded my rides that I started to realize all the mistakes I was making when I'd ride.
However, I've managed to finally find a trainer who is willing to work with me and is very honest about what I'm doing and what I need to do to fix it. I've only had 2 lessons with her so far, but already I can feel the difference and I'm quite excited for it. I'm riding one of her horses and with the way I ride him, she says she'd put me at about the intermediate level. However, he's also a pretty easy ride that's used for beginners as well so it could be that on some other horses, I'd be more in the advanced/confident beginner category instead.
Also, one other thing to note is that I have found out that I my hormones are out of balance so I need to take anti-depressants. If I don't, I end up being tired a lot, have 0 motivation for anything other than just sitting at home and watching tv, and my emotions are fairly unstable. However, as long as I take these meds, I'm able to function normally and enjoy life. Reason I'm mentioning this as it does effect my life with my horses. Goals:
Long term is to run my own horse/animal rescue place, train horses, and maybe even teach lessons at some point.
Short term is more to improve my abilities the best I can and to gain the confidence I lost over the last 4 years as I've grown up and stop comparing myself to others as well as to my younger self.
Another goal that fits in with both long and short term is to lose weight and get in better shape so that I'm able to work with horses better. I'm already down about 17 lbs but I still have another 40-50 to go yet to get to where I want to be. My Current Horses:
First up is my oldest, Sam. He's a 9 year old registered thoroughbred gelding and stands about 16.2-16.3 hh and is the tallest horse I've ever ridden. He's had most of the winter off with a few sparadoc rides here and there. He's currently living on my property at the farm and has been here a week.
With this guy, I'm currently struggling to find the motivation to ride him because not only is he forward, but he's become quite spooky and I don't particularly care for our rides at this point.
Next up is Jack. This guy is 3 years old now and I've done all the groundwork with him. He's currently off at a trainers to get 30 days riding put on him. This guy is both sensitive and eager to respond to your cues as well as lazy since he doesn't like to canter more than he has to and rarely gallops even when turned out in a big field with Sam lol.
This guy has helped me gain a certain level of confidence back and he's an absolute sweet heart. I'm honestly looking forward to when he gets back and we can go for rides.
Then there's my newest girl, Sadie (not sure yet if this'll 100% be her perminant name yet). She's a year old feral filly and is supposedly a quarter horse cross. I've only had her a week now so I don't know much about her. She does seem to have a bit of a dominant personality from what I've seen of her as well as she learns very fast. I've been able to touch her slightly and feed her grass out of my hand.
Also, she's an unexpected purchase as I decided to save her from slaughter at the last minute. So I honestly have no plans for her yet other than to get her used to human contact and teach her ground manners.
Last but not least is little Melody. This sweetheart I met when she was just 10 days old and I honestly fell in love with her. She's currently about a month old give or take. She's a quarter horse and is going to be registered pretty soon here. She's supposed to mature around 15 hh and is supposed to be pretty versatile in her breeding. So I'm looking forward to getting her in September when she's weaned.
So ya, that's a short introduction to myself and my horses and I hope that from this point on, I'll be able to start moving forward and not continually looking back and wishing for things instead of working to what I want to achieve. I know I'm going to struggle but that's one reason why I want to have this journal so that I can be held accountable.