Today, my old red man would have been 22. It’s hard to think about all of the things he never got to do or experience — like the fact that he never got to visit my current boarding barn or meet my current trainer. My BFF never got to ride him and my DH never got to take him on a trail ride. Even though Visa was semi-retired, I still had plans, hopes and dreams for us. But none of that ever became reality. Instead, I have a new red horse who’s filling those impossibly large steel shoes.
Ya’ll, it’s almost February! Which means next month is March when I can start to see the light at the end of winter. And then… horse show season! Okay, okay so around here the summer show season doesn’t start until May, which is still three months away, but it’s getting closer and closer. Plus, a girl can dream, right? I really want to come out swinging this year and enjoy a full season of shows at 2’6″. I’ve been dreaming of showing in this division for years… and now it’s time for me to enjoy it! In that vein, Miles and I really do need to start gearing up — our fitness is lacking, our timing is a little bit off and we’re just overall out of showing shape.
It can be difficult to find time to ride during the winter, when the temperatures drop and the roads aren’t great. Even those of us who enjoy a hectic show season during the summer sometimes lack motivation in the winter to work, work, work. Instead of constantly battling with myself, I try to embrace these feelings by going back to basics and slowing down during the winter. I don’t stop riding, but I focus more on groundwork and flatwork, both of which are key to success in the saddle and over fences.
In 2014, I got really serious about blogging. I wanted to really give it my all, from improving the design of my website, to taking better photographs and writing more meaningful posts. At first, it was a daunting project, but I broke each piece down until I had manageable chunks to deal with one at a time. The first chunk I tackled was my writing — I wanted to blog more often and intersperse my riding accounts with general equestrian topics. To help me tackle the challenge, I started an editorial calendar.