This month’s blog hop is about the past year. I can’t believe 2017 is over – it went so fast!
Early Winter 2017
Most of early winter was spent at my out-of state college that I have since transferred out of to be closer to home. I was only able to ride Beau on my Christmas and Easter/spring breaks. My rides were okay that I can remember. My leaser and my dad kept Beau busy!
At school, I was able to ride a lovely Hanoverian mare, Portia. She was a fantastic way to keep my riding fresh so that I didn’t forget it all! I certainly won’t forget her anytime soon.
Spring is always an interesting time. The weather warms up, and all you want to do is ride all the time in the nice weather. However, it’s that perfect weather where all the ponies want to do is play, too. It’s too hot to be stiff and too cold to be tired, so it’s the time for ALL the bucks.
(Video should automatically start at 15:00 for the fall – and yes, I do have the super pitiful video of me crawling to Beau, but it will never see the light of day!)
In February 2017, I flipped off Beau, hitting the outdoor arena fence in the process. I was alone. I couldn’t walk, but Beau ran to the opposite side of the arena and caught his leg in his reins. I was so worried, I crawled halfway to him before people found me. It shook me, and much of my summer was spent regaining my confidence.
In March 2017, I started OTTBs and Oxers. I converted it over from my older, smaller blog U:Equestrian. I’m still very happy with the design of my blog!
Summer was all about riding as much as I could. I don’t think we really progressed much in this season, but it was a lot of fun and relaxing rides. I had my cousins come out to walk around on Beau, who was a saint. There was plenty of jumping and lots of continuing to develop Beau’s muscles. I’m sure if we compared Beau in summer 2016 to summer 2017 there would be a big difference; he’s come so far!
We also placed 1st, 2nd, 2nd, 6th, and 4th at our second hunter show together. He went extremely well, and I really felt like things were clicking that day!
Fall was when Beau and I really started to connect with our new trainer. We really saw a difference, even in the matter of a few weeks. She is giving me the skills necessary to advance Beau to the next level on the flat and is finessing my jumping to give me the confidence boost I need.
(I also broke my pinky by jamming it into Beau’s neck over a jump – 0/10 do NOT recommend. My pinky will probably always be slightly disfigured from it.)
I also started contributing Bridle and Bone’s Blog Hop during the fall, and it’s so nice to be a part of such a great group of bloggers!
Late Winter 2017
I think right now I’m most proud of how Beau is handling winter. This will be our third winter together, and it is the first time I haven’t had a fire-breathing dragon the majority of my rides. Does he get wound up? Sure. But he’s learning to settle, and I’m learning the tools I need to help him.
We placed 2nd and 6th (Christmas colors!) at our last show at South Farm, and I couldn’t be prouder. It was our first *jumper* show together, and we both handled the twists and turns well.
I think if I had to change anything, I wouldn’t be so hard on myself. I tend to really criticize myself and Beau and struggle to see our process. Maybe it’s because I had a good ride today, but the more positive I am, the more positive our rides tend to be. I need to remember that!
I would also be sure to post more, consistently. That’s definitely something I would change, and plan to change for 2018 – so be sure to check back in for regular posts here on OTTBs and Oxers!
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