It also brought the abscess wars, a lot of aching muscles, and the joys of falling in love with a horse I don't own.
Abby the Abscess
What does 2016 hold? Who knows. Considering how wild 2015 was, I don't know what 2016 could possibly include. I hope it includes my last qualifying First Level score. I hope it includes a trip to Saugerties for the regional championships. I hope it includes sitting trot and lengthenings and a cross country performance that doesn't have triple digit penalties.
With age comes patience and so long as I'm sound and Theo's sound, it will be a good year. Ribbons are secondary to the basic goal of being happy and healthy. I said that when I was younger but now, I really mean it. So long as everyone is happy and healthy, we're good.
I have my conservative goals and I have some stretch goals to keep me motivated (Prix St George, anyone?). I believe in reaching for the stars. Even if I fall short, I'll still have a Third Level horse and my Bronze medal. I'm just becoming more aware of how little control I actually have over things. I can't control his soundness at the end of the day. I can't control his moods or his physical limitations. All I can control is me, and that adds up to only 50% of the equation. I don't even have a majority.
Mary Wanless trying to bring my body under some sort of control