After my blog last time, my eyes started to open up and I decided to take action.
I want to thank the people that helped me broaden my horizon when it comes to planning because it really helped!
A few days ago I started making a planning in my outlook calendar, I kept it fairly light so that I would be able to keep the planning and not have to run from one thing to another or feel stressed while playing with the horses. I thought, if there is time left, I can always add something to the planning on that moment, that will definitely make me feel good about myself!
Set it up for success right?
One very important difference in my planning, is that I only planned maximum 1 month ahead. I realize now that I could even only plan 1 week ahead (or 1 day!) if I wanted to, this makes it easier to follow and more accurate. What I used to do, was plan playing with the horses or mucking out as a recurring task with no end date, but then I was bound to a specific time and day and it felt sooooooo boring and especially not realistic.
Now I put some recurring tasks in (with an end date at the end of this month) so that there is some consistency but also some tasks are put on different times or days to have some variety as well. This way my planning is flexible and I can adjust it day by day rather than feel obliged to follow such a strict planning that I go crazy and as a result don’t follow it any longer.
I’m quite sure that this new planning system suits me better, just like the reading of 5 books at a time.
Yesterday I only planned my afternoon, but I followed it to the letter and boy did I feel good! I didn’t even play as long with Fresco as I planned because I felt it was a good time to stop which gave me extra time to do other things I did not plan to do.
Ha and then there is some exiting news, I have my first horse in training and I’m sure she will be a handful but at the same time lots of fun.
The biggest “problem” she has is that while riding she stops, does not want to go, and when you try to get her moving again she starts bucking like a rodeo bull. I haven’t actually seen her do that, but I’m sure it’s impressive. She is a 5 year old BWP (Belgian Warm blood) with excellent papers and she is simply gorgeous! Her back muscles are very developed, her hind end not that much yet though. So the bucking shows in the shape of her body, how interesting.
I will be documenting her progress for the owners to see and from time to time I’ll share some of it on my blog as well.
For those of you that are interested in a very nice dressage horse, keep your eyes on my posts as she will be for sale as soon as she is emotionally fit again and ready to be ridden by anyone.
Right now she is recovering from her trip over here, it’s wasn’t that long, but she suffered emotionally. When she came off the trailer she was drenched in sweat and she almost slid off the ramp out of nervousness. It took a few minutes to get her normal and thinking again and she was trying really hard to get out of it, shaking her head, blowing out, lowering her head. But it still took a total of 2 hours before she stopped walking the same trail at the fence and relaxed a bit. I decided to put my other horses in the pasture next to hers so that they could sniff each other but couldn’t attack one another, especially because I know my mare is very dominant and aggressive and I didn’t want the poor thing to have even more stress her first day. My hunch was a good one because as soon as the horses were next to her, she stopped her trail and started to calm down. It’s obvious she needs companionship and leadership, she needs to follow someone in order to feel safe.
The same with putting her on the trailer, doing it standing next to the trailer did not suit her at all, she froze, her self-confidence went through the ground, however the owner did a great job in taking her straight in as she followed him immediately. Once the owner went out of the trailer however, she started to get worried. So I know what to play with now to get her confident in the trailer, I’ll have to spend quite some time with this if I want her to get in there again and not get stressed once the door closes.
All of this makes my suspicion of her innately being a RBI bigger. At first I thought she was mainly LBI, but now I have to re-consider. Now that she is not in her normal habitat, her true colors are showing and it’s more obvious. She still is very LB though because today when I put all the horses together, she was very relaxed and not at all impressed by Missy (my mare). She even stole Fresco away from her and left a jealous Missy behind sobbing.
I noticed she is very curious, she comes to me easily and she even came to the dogs sniffing them. So she might be like Fresco a bit, although I do feel a different energy, she seems more attached to people then Fresco is.
But hey, we’ll see, I am anxious to play with her anyways! Here she is:
Thank you for reading!