I never do these stupid resolution things, because my life is bizarre and unpredictable and I don’t plan ahead real well. I think I’ll try a few simple ones this year though.
I want to show Dixie, at least a couple of times. I don’t have high hopes of winning, and I don’t really care if we do or don’t. I just want her to have some positive experiences in the show ring, learn to stay calm in terrifying situations with me around, that kind of thing.
She’s been shown before – she was padded and shown locally before she was two, then when she washed out as a padded horse, she was shown in heavy shoes locally as a three year old. Somehow I don’t think she had much fun at those shows. She’ll be five this spring, and dammit, we’re going to go and have a good ride. Ignore the bad, reward the good.
I want to jump, on purpose, this year. That just means I need to get a better seat, which I’m working on. I have plenty of experience jumping poorly and on accident. It’d be nice to learn to do it correctly and on purpose!
I want to finish exploring the subdivisions around my field. I’d kinda like to be able to do a big loop through the neighborhood whenever I feel like it… but what’s the point of going on a big ride without my dog? It’s really just not as much fun without Cersei, and I don’t want to risk her getting smushed by a car. I think I’ll try to work out some way to leash her to Champ. Field triallers somehow manage to handle a hound on a long line tied to a horse, and if they can do it I can do it. Champ is the obvious choice for this plan. He’d get offended if (when) Cersei tangled the lead around him, but he wouldn’t come unglued.
Hell, while we’re at it – I want to go to a field trial. I know a guy who goes regularly, and I’ve been working on getting him to take me. I bet I can try one out this year. Sounds like fun.