This year, I'll be taking riding lessons. I want to learn to use my seat more effectively (and I'm sure that Estes will appreciate it too). I don't need to be able to ride bridleless, but I'd like to use my hands less and my legs more. Sharon, one of the crew members from Horse Master, has offered to give me dressage lessons on her super amazing gelding. I have no intention of ever competing in dressage - EVER - but I've been told repeatedly that it will help develop my riding; dressage is the basis of all good riding, much like ballet is the basis of all dancing. Wish me luck.
I'll also do my best to keep Estes' hooves trimmed properly (thanks, Mrs Mom). For the record, the thought of doing it scares the crap out of me. The last thing I want to do is screw up my horse, but I want to be able to use her all summer long. For the last two summers, she's been either injured or lame for part of the summer. I couldn't have avoided her injury, but I maybe could have figured out her lameness earlier and gotten her treatment sooner. By doing her trimming and handling her hooves on a regular basis, I'll be able to identify the beginning of thrush and treat it appropriately. I swear I'm not going to get lulled into the "I live in a mountain desert, we don't have thrush" mentality.
That's it for my horse resolutions; why about you? Anyone have any they want to share?