Wednesday, February 5, 2014

January Re-Cap/February Goals

Well I really bit off more than I could chew with my January goals. Between work and getting sick I definitely didn't fit in as much as I had hoped I would. Fingers crossed February works out better but also sticking to fewer, and simpler, goals.

January Re-Cap

Gatsby

  • Successfully move up to 20 minutes of trot-work by the end of the month.
    • Sort of success. This did happen but it was officially on February 2nd...
  • Start to re-develop muscles and fitness.
    • This is a work in progress for sure. I have started riding him with draw reins on some of rides which is definitely helping. Right not we are not cleared for any hill-work or poles so that is definitely limiting.
  • Lots of lateral work at the walk. I'd really like to improve our technique here and get everything going correctly before we start asking for it at the trot again.
    • Definite success here. I alternate between using our long walks for hacks around the property and for serious dressage work. Gats seems to be responding well to both options.
  • Be able to do our trot-work on the track with NO explosions.
    • Don't know if this is ever going to happen. We have done our trot-work on the track a few times so far and to be fair, he hasn't been awful. Considering there are explosions even when we are in the arena I think this is a pretty big stretch.

Kanye

  • Learn to ground-drive.
    • FAIL.
  • Start work on the lunge line with the faux-ssoa system.
    • FAIL.
  • Make progress on pony rides, NO BITING!
    • FAIL.
Kanye really got hit with the brunt of my busy-ness over the last month. On the days I was able to make time to work with them it was usually only enough time for one so Kanye got relegated to a few hand walks and lots of treats, I don't think he minded to be honest. I did sit on him for the first time though! It was very brief and very tackless but he had a great attitude about it!

February Goals

Gatsby
  • Be ready to move up to 30 minutes of trot-work by the end of the month.
  • Work on relaxation/stretching at the walk and trot. Really get that back swinging!
  • Straightness! This is a great time to get us on track in this area while we don't have much else to focus on.
Kanye
  • Actually ground-drive!
  • Lunge in the faux-ssoa at least once!
  • Maybe try some more pony rides or...one or two short actual rides?!?!!?

6 comments:

  1. Alas sometimes life gets in the way. Hoping you find time for more!

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    1. Thanks L:) Still hoping to fit in a visit up north at some point!

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  2. Good goals! Balancing life, work, marriage and ponies is hard work! It's ok if Kanye's routine is mostly hand walks and cookies right now :) Glad Gats is on the road to recovery!

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    1. Thank you! I'm gonna follow your advice because if Kanye turns out to be half as awesome as Pongo is I will be stoked! Miss you lady!

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