Coach D has been encouraging me to make goals for my horses. If I have goals we can create a road map.
And I’ve been struggling with deciding what I want to do. I have always been interested in eventing and figured that’s where I’d end up. But honestly even jumping tiny jumps at the eventing 101 clinic… Solid fences kind of freak me out actually. I thought maybe Henry had potential to be pretty competitive in the eventing world (because he loves water and is sort of athletic…when he wants to be), but now I’m honestly not interested in doing much above the first two levels.
If I had some specific goals prior to purchasing Mystic and Henry, I would have purchased horses that aligned with those goals. But I figured I’d try a few things and see what my horses enjoyed…then focus on that. Which is just the kind of soft mushy plan that leads to nowhere.
After some soul searching, these are the thoughts I have for each horse.
I would really like to get him out to some starter level events. If things continue the way they have been I hope to get him to one in mid-September. After just getting the bill for Henry’s x-rays…I don’t know if this is realistic. We will keep working at things and see where everything is at then. I think doing the majority of the close-ish events next summer at starter level would be a reasonable goal.
At some point the big pony will require more maintenance joint-wise and I don’t think I can ask him to move up the levels of eventing much. I will listen to him when he tells me that we’ve reached the limit. At some point I’d like to transition to more of a dressage and trail focus with him.
Goals for the next year: Starter level events (this goal is the ground hog day of my life)
Big picture goals: Eventually I’d like to transition his focus to dressage/trail riding/husband horsing but I’d like to event him as long as he’s having fun/up to the task.
Now that I have a sound Henry with clean x-rays I feel a bit better about making plans for him. I have a great body worker on board and will closely monitor if he takes any further off steps (so far so good!). I’m going to take RK’s advice and try to focus on the hunter ring for Henry. I contacted a previous instructor, ST, who I really really liked and she’s going to give us lessons on Saturdays starting in September (pending splint setting). She has quite an extensive background in the hunters (which I kind of forgot about) and is a super positive coach. I took a few lessons with her on Mystic and I’m excited for her guidance with Henry.
I’d like to keep up with Henry’s trail riding and obstacle training that RK gave him a wonderful foundation for. At some point (budget permitting) I’d like to send him up to RK for a month or two for more trail miles.
Goals for the next year: Some schooling shows and trail miles.
Big picture goals: Okay this is a bit out there. If Henry and I do enjoy the hunters, I would love to save up and head to Thunderbird one day. I don’t know a lot about the hunters at this point so setting a specific level/height for us is not on my radar yet.
Mystic is honestly the easiest horse to ride in my herd. I love riding her! She will move forward (unlike H) but she’s not hot (unlike A), she is pretty much perfect.
But… I do not enjoy jumping her. Which is really too bad because she is incredibly honest. I think conformation-wise we are a bad combination for jumping. I have a very long torso and she has a shorter neck. I have never felt like I found the correct balance spot when I jump her no matter what I do. I know that we both need more jumping miles for me to really say this for sure but honestly…I kind of already know in my heart that we aren’t a good jumping team.
Mud monster! She would be so mad if she knew this pic was online haha
Goals for the next year: Lots of trail miles for sure! Buy a dressage saddle and find a coach.
Big picture goals: I'd like to do first level with her, and see where we can go from there :)
I am hoping that a trailer will be in the picture soon, and that will help the herd be a bit more mobile to meet our goals :)