In previous years I've slogged it out in all weathers, doing things we don't enjoy and telling myself hard work pays off. I'm not denying that but sometimes you need to work smarter, not harder. And you know what else? This is a hobby and the thing I love so making it into a chore is madness.
Here's my plan for winter...
- Don't go to dressage competitions. Will it be an enjoyable day out? Nope...I'll be cold, I'll have to plait and neither of us enjoy it very much. Instead we'll replace competitions with dressage lessons. No plaiting, much more enjoyable and it will help us move towards achieving our goals.
- Don't sweat about not being able to ride every day. My new job and no arena at home means I'm not going to be able to ride every day. I can't change that, so I'm just going enjoy the days I can ride and embrace the fact that Blue will be ridden about four times a week. End of the world? Nope.
- Do set goals. Keeping your eyes on the prize is definitely a great way of keeping you going. Next season's one star debut is waiting so we'd better set some mini targets and milestones to get us there. Planning a competition diary is a great way to keep looking forwards.
- Do go jumping. It's what moves our souls! And since we can't jump in the dark or in a wet field at home, I'm booking in some lessons, clinics and course hire. Just being able to have a really good jumping session once a week makes going hacking in the rain just fine.
- Do the fun stuff. For me that's arena eventing, JAS, British Showjumping....that is stuff worth getting cold and wet for!