One of my friends mentioned the need for goal setting earlier today – specifically relating to getting her horses ready for “show season”. Fun!

I  have shown my horse, Lilah, once. It was great, terrifying fun. We took home a ribbon for 4th place (out of a class of about 20 riders). Not too bad for a first-time show, right? Right! I hope to show my horse A this year! Several months ago, during a lesson with my trainer, she said she thought we’d be ready to show this year if I keep up the good work! I think it was mostly a mini-motivational speech, as it came subsequent to my assertion that in the prior weeks, I’d only ridden a handful of times. :p

So, following my friend’s lead, I think I need to start setting goals for myself with my horses! Sure, each time I work with them, we have a short-term goal for our session, but we need a bigger goal, broken down into parts. That, of course, will likely be remodeled as the training progresses… but, it is a start.

Goal 1? Ride MORE!

I have a video of myself riding A from the Spring of 2011. I believe we have progressed since that point. I think, as part of our training, I should have someone videotape our rides at least once a month or so… just to see where we make progress, where we regress, and what seems stable with regards to each of our training and fitness.


About Chelsea

Hostler extraordinaire! Wife of an unintentional "horse farmer". Never a dull moment on the farm! We are home to 16 beautiful horses, ranging from two "A" minis, to a nearly 17hh, but quite svelte Saddlebred. We also maintain a seasonal organic garden that we hope gets better each year! It started with 72 failed tomato seedlings two years ago - I promptly went to the store and bought 32 "started" plants. Oops - I didn't know better! We've transitioned between types and amounts of veggies in the garden - I still havn't found that magical balance, but it is hugely rewarding and fun experience! So far, my gardening faves include tomatoes, squash (any variety, really - although I especially enjoyed the "Patty Pan" or "Flying Saucer" variety), cucumbers, peppers and peas. We are blessed to count our group of boarders as dear friends and we all work together here like extended family. Their friendship makes our job much more enriching. We love being farmers and carrying on an American tradition! I hope you enjoy this autobiography documenting the evolution of a city girl-turned-farmer! I always thought it would be nice to have a small farm with room for a handful of horses, some chickens (for eggs) - and, this... this is a lot more than I had hoped for or could have anticipated being a part of. I didn't go to school to be a farmer, but, I'm learning as I go!

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