What did I accomplish this year?
|August 2, 2013||Posted by Melinda under Uncategorized|
Before we get into the post today, just wanted to say that I actually took a good look at Farley’s feet yesterday, ~10 days post Tevis and DANG they look good. I think that’s my favorite part of riding a 100 in strap ons – the hooves just look incredible afterwards (in glueons they are always feel a bit soft and are smelly). There’s a ton of growth, and the retained sole that I’ve been glaring at for the last couple months is falling out, and the hoof that is the “High” of the high/low is actually wearing heel and the hoof that is the “Low” is actually wearing toe. So Cool!!!!!!!!! If an argument could be made of riding a 100 miles being beneficial to a part of the horse, hooves would definitely be the winner.
Since Farley got hurt and I started vet school in 2011, I haven’t posted my normal “goal” posts. It’s hard to have exciting goals that I feel like striving towards when both time AND money is severely limited, and I didn’t know whether Farley would hold up under a 50 mile effort, never mind a 100 miler. But, it turns out I’ve had quite the successful season.
This year was all about tying up loose ends and being a part of endurance in a bigger way than just riding the rides.
- Farley’s 1,000 miles: Complete
- Get Cougar rock pics: Complete
- Start Tevis (and feel good about my horse): Complete
- Crew for the first time: Complete
- Go to a ride just to volunteer (as opposed to finishing and then volunteering): Pending…..haven’t decided which ride, although I have some 2014 rides on the list.
- Go to a trail maintenance day: Pending. Haven’t quite figured out where to start on this one.
I think as far as doing rides my season is done, but as you can see, I still have an item or two to check off the list.
Of all my riding related goals, this was the one I knew was the most doable, and it was the one I cared the most about. When I started the season, I was 3 50’s away from Farley having 1,000 career endurance miles. When she got injured at 20MT in 2011, that was the goal I most regretted possibly never being able to achieve, and it was on the top of my priority list if we ever did endurance together again.
When I got lost on the first day of Wild West I was so pissed at myself and kept telling Farley how sorry I was that she had a moron for a rider. I knew there was a good chance we were doing Tevis that year, and the odds are not “ever in your favor” for finishing Tevis, so I couldn’t count on the miles there. After Tevis we were done for the season, and so by having to RO at WW I was letting that 1,000 mile achievement slip away for yet another year. A lot can happen in a year and there are no guarantees that me and Farley will have another season, or a season after that – sh*t happens. Of course, we know the ending to the story – I was convinced to go on after learning the trail was short, went out the next day and Farley had her 1,000 miles.
But, the point is: as much as this award means to me, I was willing to let it go this season if I couldn’t do right by my horse in the process. And I think that’s what I’m most proud of. I earned this award, even while being determined to pull Farley at the *hint* of NQR in any of the last 155 miles. That wasn’t always true over the course of these 1,000 miles – Before I was willing to manage through minor issues, and thought many of my less than “A” scores were “normal”. But, my perspective and goals are different now, and while I know I’m a competent horseperson enough to managing issues during a ride, now I realize that I don’t want to if I can’t feel 100% good about what I asked my horse to do when I look back over the ride.