But why waste all that fun and try in the sandbox? This year, I want to focus on creating a well-rounded equine citizen with a lot of different life experiences.
1) Show unrecognized training level dressage.
I think paying for recognized training level is a little silly. Zoe isn't going to be competitive with fancy, big-moving warmbloods who are also good at steering. However, I want to get out and help her learn the game with a view of showing recognized in 2019.
2) Get exposure to XC elements ditches/banks/water.
I don't know if I want to event. I don't know if I think Zoe is mentally/physically ready to jump with a rider up.
I think getting early exposure to these basic elements is critical to developing a solid citizen. Plus water is just fun.
3) Go trail riding with friends three times.
I've already got tentative plans with Nadia and I want to see if Roxie's mom and I can make something happen. I have local friends who trail ride. I love getting out in the mountains and I have a horse who can make it happen. Let's do it.
4) Develop ZB management plan with vet/BO for long term health.
Zoe is fit and fabulous, but she's a whole different type of creature for me and I want to work with the team of professionals I have on hand to make sure I'm giving her absolutely the best life possible.
5) Focus on outings that are fun.
Outings with Courage were so hit and miss that I have kind of a lot of anxiety about hauling places. I want to sign up for things that sound fun and then have fun and drop kick this stupid demon.
6) Identify (and participate?) in non-sporthorse events of some stripe.
I'm not quite sure what this is going to be. There are some local ranch clinics I've been itching to try. A cool local NH type trainer runs an equine kindergarten and I'd like to work with him. Mounted shooting sounds cool. I mean. Guys. I have a purpose-bred ranch horse. LETS DO THE THING. (Plus I don't have a western saddle. Shopping? MAYBE.)
7) Attend 3 different types of equestrian competition.
It's a big horse world. I'm pretty familiar with my side of it, but I want to see what else is out there.
8) TRAIN FOR and run another half marathon
I've already picked my race and enlisted a running buddy. (RIGHT RENA?) I want to seriously pursue this, beat my time from last year, and become a fitter/better partner for Zoe.
9) Say yes to new adventures.
I'm the worst about being stuck in my own stupid rut. I live in a cool place surrounded by cool people and I want to explore the possibilities.
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10) Expand a creative outlet.
I'm not sure what this means right now. I want to pick up something I'm passionate about and become better at it. That might mean finding a new hobby. It might be finishing writing a book. Getting an actual camera and picking up photography?
I'm not really sure, but I'm hoping #9 helps build into a solid #10 and I'm excited to see what it ends up being.
There you go. 10 tidy, defined goals. Let's see what happens.