I’m really proud of what I accomplished in 2015. It wasn’t my easiest year but it was one of my best. I just want to skim over some of the especially big moments from the year!
My friend sent me this, and it kind of became my motto for 2015
I had a rough start to 2015. I gave up on eventing (for the millionth time) and moved Mystic and Apollo back to the safe haven of my previous barn. I was incredibly bummed out. To be honest I had moments where I seriously thought about getting out of horses all together. I didn't really share that on the blog, but it was pretty obvious my enthusiasm was dwindling.
Somehow I persevered. I started chipping away at my skills with dressage lessons, got an equine nutritionist on board and continued an endless search for a saddle for Apollo.
In the spring things started turning around. I found Apollo a temporary saddle. We started ditch riding and getting back in the groove. I booked Mystic in for training in the fall.
When summer rolled around I was able to go on a trail adventure with a good friend. Apollo blew my mind with how well he stepped up for me that day. I started to have fun when I was riding again (not worrying about lameness with every step).
I ran two 5ks in the summer also!
In September Coach D joined the team. She pushed me way out of my comfort zone but is the most positive human being alive. I started to feel like maybe I didn't suck as much as I thought. D immediately loved Apollo and encourages me to get him a proper saddle and a real job.
In November I rode Mystic for the first time. Which is pretty much a dream come true. I felt safe on her and like I belonged there. This alone could have made 2015.
In December I found a unicorn – a saddle that fits Mystic....and Apollo. I even jumped things on Apollo! (And I was so happy that I will almost cried).
What a year! The fact that I now have two sound horses who are going so well under saddle makes my heart want to explode. I had a lot of support this year from my husband, family and good friends. There was a lot of tough moments but I’m really proud of myself – I didn’t quit (even though I wanted to...a lot).
I will be doing a detailed goal-planning post for 2016 shortly J