I'm bored stiff, I'll admit it.
I had previously decided to have Spider take a little "training break" for the winter, meaning that I wouldn't actively train any new things, just work on basics. And it's so boring! I've tried to spice things up with cavaletti and schooling different figures, but I'm still bored. I feel stagnant when I'm not training new things.
I suppose that's what originally attracted me to dressage as a sport. You're always moving forward, always doing something new. Unless you're having a weird winter and haven't been riding consistently, then you get bored and stagnant. I get bored and stagnant pretty easily. I have to start challenging myself again.
Luckily, the weather has been cooperating and I've been able to ride. And, it seems that the weather will continue to cooperate for at least the next week (cue ice storm..... Haha!). Now I just need to decide which one of the many, many things that Spider needs to learn to start with. On the list: extensions, half pass (I've introduced the concept of half-pass to Spider, but it needs a lot of work) and just generally polishing the Third Level work. It is my intention to begin schooling the 4th level work and earn my USDF Bronze Medal this year. Or, at least to start showing Third Level by the end of the year. I stink at showing, so I can't really make myself any guarantee that I'll be able to get the scores I need for my medal this year!
But those are more "long-term" goals. My short term goal is to finish my coffee, then get myself out to the arena to ride!