Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony. ~ Thomas Merton

Monday, August 9, 2010

August Goals Update

Okay, I'll admit it - I've not been as diligent with my goal setting as I had initially hoped and planned.

I have a severe problem with chaos in my life right now, stemming from the emotional upheaval I feel at the change in my journey and manifested by a paralyzing inability to clean my house.  So I'm mucking about as best I can.

I have been progressing towards my goals for August.

I've put in eleven clicker sessions with Cricket over the past three days.  We started with targeting and quickly incorporated standing on her mat.  Yesterday was our first day with distractions - the barn owner came up while I was working on a more square stance.  Cricket quickly lost the game so I dialed back all the criteria until she could once again stand on her mat.  With the stall door open.  And the stall chain detached.  And the barn owner and dogs in the opening.

For feet, I've actually been working more with Bleu.  Cricket is a bit too wiggly and Bleu is just so sweet and compliant.  I've rasped Bleu twice and Cricket once.  It's not as daunting as I thought.  Now I just need more education so I feel a little more sure of what I'm actually doing to their feet.

As far as riding and shimming my saddle - little progress there.  It's been so hot and everyone (okay, mostly me but whatever) is miserable.  We are supposed to catch a break in the weather next week and that will give me a chance to get back on track.


inchwormwv said...

LOL, I thought at first glance you were writing about what I need to be doing with Augie (August Moon) :-)

Lisa said...

That's too funny! And if I were to write a post about what I though you should be doing it would be just what you already are - doing your absolute best for your equine partner!