Tuesday, July 13, 2010

A Statement of Purpose

Hi readers -

This evening's trail obstacle group lesson has been postponed due to rain. I admit that I'm relieved. I've just started a new job and it is impacting my horse time. (That is one reason that I've been scrambling to do as much as possible with G. lately, while I still could!)

I'd just like to take a moment to clarify my purposes in writing this blog:

#1, it is foremost a scrapbook of Guinness' and my early relationship. My memory is terrible, and I'm afraid that I will forget these formative experiences (as I'm in danger of forgetting my son's entire childhood)! I hope to keep Guinness forever, and this may be the only time in my life that I have an opportunity to shape a youngster like him.

#2, it reminds me of how much progress we've made together and keeps me appreciative of all that he offers me. This is so very different from my relationship with my previous horses and I'm endlessly grateful.

#3, it is a record of my ephiphanies, BFOs, and other insights that I'm sure to forget unless I write them down immediately.

#4, I've discovered that I love to write and to share information (and sadly, to reread my own blog posts). ;-)

I realize that I may come across as gushing/bragging about my horse all of the time. This isn't my intention, and I hope to be truthful and forthright when we have troubles. Honestly, not much has been cropping up lately.. (Once again, this is a huge change from my past experiences.)

My partnership with Guinness has finally allowed me to move beyond the huge L2 rut (preceded by L1 limbo) that I'd been in for a total of about 6 years. Hurrah! We are at the point where we are learning together and I'm having to scramble to keep up with him. I'm ecstatic.

Finally, I want to send out a huge THANK YOU!! to all of the author's of the other blogs that I follow (please see the partial list on the sidebar down the right side of my blog). Along with the Levels and Savvy Club DVDs, you guys are my primary source of information and inspiration!!

Savvy On!


Lisa said...

If you must gush, please feel free to brag, puff out your chest and in any other way beam in the most ridiculous manner you see fit. I have seen your honesty about your journey with Guinness so there's no need to caveat.

I wish I'd started blogging when I first got Cricket. The change we have both undergone is amazing and I wish I had something better than my memory to compare where we are now to where we started.

Don't for a minute think you aren't inspiration to others!

inchwormwv said...

I love your blog - you just go ahead and read as often as you want!

Naturally Gaited said...

Thank you, ladies. I was afraid that I was becoming insufferable..

And you know (from all of my comments) that I value both of your blogs too! :-)

We really need to figure out when/where we can all get together sometime. Perhaps a Carol C. camp at Mt. Juliet? Wouldn't that be awesome? Or maybe we could plan to do an ACTHA ride next year in TN?

Lisa said...

A get together sounds like a grand idea! Will have to do a little planning - I don't own a trailer (or a truck to pull one) so we'll need to be creative.

Your "statement of purpose" and the goal setting blog posts from Parelli Central are inspiring me to expand my idea of a 30 day program into some monthly goal setting. So thank you very much!

Oh, and I re-read my blog posts too.