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2021 Goals

Numbers are goals, letters are rough plans. As usual, some of these are stretch goals, some are not 100% in my control. Bali No laminitis get hay analyzed and look into mineral balancing her diet re-test her ACTH level keep … Continue reading

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2020 Ride Statistics

During COVID, I apparently spent the time I was not commuting, riding. Oh, and I didn’t get much swimming in either. After 15 years of tracking rides, I’m up to 6976 rides. I logged rides on my horses by others … Continue reading

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Wrapping up 2020 – Whew!

2020 was not what anyone expected. I am fortunate that we were able to hunker down during the pandemic. The blog link but I’ll annotate the core list. My thoughts about these goals at the beginning of the year were. … Continue reading

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Getting over show anxiety – part 6

I wake up, still stiff. Oh, Neuf is braided for Saturday and Sunday. That was organized as well, Thanks Karen, the braids were beautiful!!!! I get to the barn and Neuf has been braided, lunged, cleaned up and is awaiting … Continue reading

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Getting over show anxiety – Part 5

I’m pretty darned stiff when I wake up after trying to NOT fall off, I know better. But, I have the barn crew taking care of my horse, so I can loosen up and sleep a bit. I’m surprisingly feeling … Continue reading

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Getting over show anxiety – Part 4

The classes I’d entered were all wrong, but Michael went to the office and fixed it. I did not know what I was entered in. Jocelyn would ride first in the 2’6″ USHJA classes, I’d follow in the unrestricted 2’6″ … Continue reading

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Getting over show anxiety – part 3

I had two goals for the weekend; 1) get into the warm up rings as many times as possible, relax and get over my anxiety and, 2) have fun at a horse show. I told Michael my goals, did my … Continue reading

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Getting over show anxiety – part 2

Step one, acknowledging the problem. Step two, a bit of root cause analysis. After a dramatic return to showing with a schooling show in June, where I met Michael and had a rough start with a fall after the first … Continue reading

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Getting over show anxiety – part 1

For a long time I’ve had serious anxiety issues around showing. I have a serious inferiority complex (I’m not good enough – I didn’t learn as a kid), imposter syndrome (I don’t belong here – I don’t have <insert>), I … Continue reading

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Sailor – so many firsts

Sailor is long overdue for an update.  After we jumped a couple of fences at Deerfield, he stayed home to work on steering, while I just took Neuf and Legacy over for jumping lessons.  Steering was bad for a while.  … Continue reading

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