Each year I’ve blogged, I’ve set out yearly goals. At first I did quarterly reviews, but last year I completely fell off the bandwagon and didn’t do any goal reviews at all. My process for setting and evaluating goals is a very personal one that tends to change from year to year — while I love goals and I think writing them down helps me stay motivated and focused, I’ve also learned that the best way to make God laugh is to tell him your plans.
Over the last few months, there’s been a lot of discussion about the problems with American show hunters: they’re too slow, they’re all drugged up, they are prepped and lunged to death, there are too many divisions and too many horse shows. And critics say that all of this combines to create awful animal welfare situations and terrible riders! I’m not here to refute every point, in fact some of it I wholeheartedly agree with. But some of these points fall far from the mark, and I’m here to defend “dumbing down” show hunters.
One of the best things I ever did for myself was take a step back from riding during college. It was a good thing for me, because I needed time to mature and figure out who I was and what I wanted to do with my life. I’m forever grateful for that time, because it allowed me to come back to horses on my own and be 110% committed to being an equestrian for the rest of my life. As a fresh college graduate, this is not always easy — there are a lot of demands on your time and finances, and the only way to include horses in the equation is to be dedicated to making it work. However, this time away from the horse world also had a huge impact on my riding… and it wasn’t for the better.
If you follow me on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, you’ve probably already seen that I’ve got a few tack items for sale. In a shameless effort to move said expensive leather, I’m posting them here too. Shares greatly appreciated!