September Goals

“Don’t wait until you’ve reached your goal to be proud of yourself. Be proud of every step you take toward reaching that goal.” – Unknown.

Sometimes riders get so caught up on the big picture of where we want to be and all that we want to accomplish that we forget to take a step back and look at where we are. As a little way to get back to the original reason I started this blog, I am going to be setting small goals for Axcent and I each month. Then, at the end of the month, I will be evaluating how well we did at achieving those goals. This is a reminder to myself that I don’t need to make giant leaps, baby steps are progressive, too.

Here are my goals for the month of September:

  • Get Ax back in shape. A busy summer combined with lots of moving around left little time for riding. Ax got a nice three month vacation from consistent work and has now turned into a water buffalo. Time to get back to work for the meatball-pony.
  • Get myself back in shape. This applies to myself as well as Ax. After three months of riding not even once a week, it is safe to say that my “riding muscles” are a little jiggly and need a lot of strengthening. I have a lot of work to do.
  • Ride at least four days a week. This may seem like a simple one, but when you’re a college student, on an IHSA team, and an RA, the days can easily blur together.
  • Oil the crud out of my saddle. I recently purchased a new-to-me saddle that had been sitting around for a little too long before I bought it. I would like to be able to hear myself think over the squeaking of my saddle.
  • Push myself and overcome my fears. This one is probably going to be the hardest one for me. Every year at the beginning of IHSA season my brain decides that it is the perfect time to panic about any fence I turn my horse to. I think it’s about time I get over it.

Here is to a new thing on my blog and staying motivated!

-TC

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