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Monday, February 1, 2010
- Get back in the saddle
check! And then some!
- start learning Intermediate test
Check! I've even ridden it in front of a judge once
- start jumping again
- feel confident jumping 3'6" on any given day
Nope - when I first got back I was, but then I hit a slump. I've got to get more consistent.
- whip my own ass into gear
Check - but there's always more to do!
- resolve bitting issue for sj and xc
Check? I do have a new jumping bit for the dude that works great for sj, but I haven't gotten to test it yet xc
- kick my own position, on flat and over fences, into gear
Not yet - but the 30+ minutes of sitting trot without stirrups I've been doing over the past four days haven't hurt! Fences position is feeling pretty good when I concentrate on it; my flat position still leaves a lot to be desired on any horse other than Jenny, who has the most lovely comfortable gaits.
- get out cross country schooling
Nope - got rained out (would have gone on the 30th).
- sort out living arrangements
Check - I'm living with Gina until the 15th or so and then move into the house at Rancho. No furniture but very pleased.
- sort out work arrangements
Not really - I'm working for my Mom's company doing online research for one of her books, and have the prospect of getting hired as her more full-time research assistant, but that's dependent on some factors that are out of my control. I'd like to get a real day job, at least part time.
Well, all in all not bad. I think I set myself pretty softball goals for January, but at the time I didn't know how much my back injury was going to hamper my return to riding. For February, I'm hoping to get a little more specific:
-feel confident jumping 3'6" - 3'9" on Ringo on any given day
-practice the "light three point" seat on both Ringo and Kiki
-survive Thermal with a smile!
-feel confident in Intermediate coursework on Ringo
-get out cross-country schooling on Ringo
-have a good sitting trot by the end of the month!!
-ride as many horses as they'll let me get on at Rancho
-practice Intermediate Test A until I could do it in my sleep
-start working on Intermediate B
-sort out work arrangements
-get out to, and have a blast at, my first event of the season on Ringo at Twin Rivers! =)
-go out and do at least one "me" thing a week
-work on improving Kiki's balance at the canter
-get confident over small fences at home with Kiki
-take Kiki off the property at least once
-get at least one flat lesson a week on Kiki
-take either Ringo or Kiki to the beach!!! (Ok this one is not so serious, but it would be totally awesome!)
It's a lot to do! But I think we can get it done.
Today's random photo:
(Riding Iceman for SET)