Goal progress

I’m not the best with goals; I have difficulty setting them, difficulty monitoring them, and (as a result) difficulty achieving them. I’ve read that goal setting can be a helpful and effective exercise, though. At the beginning of the year, I decided to set some annual goals for myself and my horses. Now, three-quarters of the year through, I’m reflecting on what progress I’ve made, and which goals need to be readjusted.


Here were the goals I set at the beginning of the year, with some notes on what I have and haven’t achieved.

  • Event Moe at 2 schooling HTs/CTs
    • I’ve done one schooling HT (Thoroughbred Athletes HT). I’m not sure if I’ll be able to do another. It’ll depend on what shows are available and how Moe handles some time off due to my work schedule.
  • Event Moe at 3 USEA sanctioned events
    • I’ve done one sanctioned event (Willow Draw). It’s doubtful that I’ll do another; I’ll be out of town for much of September and part of October, and the season winds down quite a bit after that.
  • Compete on Gina in 3 schooling dressage shows at First Level
    • Done! We’ve also acquired the necessary scores to contend for a year end award from our GMO.
  • Breed Gina
    • Done! Gina is pregnant, and will go for another ultrasound and a Pneumabort shot in a couple of weeks.
  • Take a monthly dressage lesson on either horse
    • Definitely NOT achieved. I’ve had one dressage lesson this year.
  • Achieve healthy weight
    • Also not achieved, although I’ve been working on small steps to stay healthy, like getting 10,000 steps every day.
  • Read 50 books
    • I’ve read 29 books this year. I’m on number 30, and I expect to achieve this goal.
  • List house for sale
    • This ought to be achieved by my birthday (in late October). We need to move, hire someone to finish our bathroom remodeling project, and fix our garage door opener before listing the house, but it certainly ought to be on the market before 2017.

So, what needs to be reevaluated? Moe’s show schedule, mostly. I’ve been generally happy with how Moe has gone this year- he was fantastic at Willow Draw, good at the jumper show, and had a nice dressage test and stadium round at the Thoroughbred Athletes horse trial. It would be fun to take him to another schooling horse trial- he’s a fun horse to ride- but I don’t need to accomplish more things or prove to myself that he can get around as well as a horse half his age. I know he can! Plus, some of his lesson kids are becoming increasingly interested in eventing. I’m glad to let them enjoy his cheerful attitude and eager gallop.

Pregnant Gina will continue to work for the remainder of the year, but probably won’t go to any more dressage shows with me in the irons. I will take her foxhunting when the season starts in October, and will spend most of our riding time getting her legged up for that. She has a lesson kid who loves her (I don’t understand it) who’s just starting out showing, so she may end up at another dressage show or two before the year’s out.

I don’t have any concrete goals for project pony Candy; I may take her to a dressage schooling show in December. I’d like to get her out in the hunt field, too- we’ll see how mama mare holds up and how Candy progresses.

Personally, I plan to continue pursuing a healthy weight through diet and exercise and finish those books. I’m also adding a goal- I want to save $100 every month for next year’s hay fund.

Do you set goals for yourself? Do you think they’re helpful? Why?

Author: Stephanie

Equestrian, amateur cook, people person.

15 thoughts on “Goal progress”

  1. Such a timely post! I’m working on a goals post for tomorrow to go along with my baby ride recap I feel like a few big yearly goals and maybe some smaller monthly goals would be doable — and at least knowing other people were reading them might help keep me more accountable!

  2. I think you’ve done a great job with your goals! And you have reasonable expectations moving forward. This was a weird year for me and the equine with two semi-retired and two with severe baby brain. So it was a lot of wait and see. Maybe for the coming year I’ll set some concrete expectations… We shall see.
    As for myself, I had hoped to get back to running consistently and take off 15 lbs. I was struggling big time with this, but got diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder which explains all of the struggles! I’m just waiting to start meds and then hopefully can get on board with that whole healthy living idea.
    Also, I’m super on board with the piggy in your cartoon! Haha!

  3. Oh man, I love Pearls Before Swine. That particular comic is right up my alley. I was just thinking about how few of my goals I’m going to accomplish this year. However, it’s been a very successful year in other ways so I don’t care.

    1. I think this is my real issue with goals. Life is so changeable, and while I think it’s good to have to things you’re working on, I don’t think it’s good to get hung up on a timeline. This is probably why I’m still overweight and competing (with very mixed results) at Novice level eventing.

  4. I used to be a much broader goal-setter. I really liked the 101 things in 1001 days format. I’ve been thinking lately about getting back on that. Right now, my goals are mostly financial and house-related. Some health-related (better nutrition and meal-planning, mostly.)

    I’ve backed off of setting goals for Tristan because between his health issues and my time issues that’s setting myself up for disappointment.

    It’s funny, I was just looking at my GoodReads goal the other day to update everything I read on my trip – and I had forgotten we’re friends on there! We seriously read basically the same things.

  5. Get those steps!!!!! 😀

    And yea goals are great but I’ve been kinda backed off them lately too. Probably should revisit. Maybe haha.

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