ANYWAY ... I LOVE to ride, but I spend just as much of my time time and energy assessing Speedy's over-all health and well-being. I know this record-keeping style is very much a result of my years managing and caring for endurance horses, but does everyone else do this as well? I know you're hoping there is a dressage connection somewhere in this post, so here it is: My years managing endurance horses gives me tremendous confidence at shows. I KNOW that Speedy is sound and metabolically healthy. I know what his heart and respiratory rates are, and that he's fit and healthy enough to handles the rigors and stressors that we'll find at a show. That's just one less thing to worry about as we enter at A and salute the judge.
So here's the code to my calendar entries:
Fairfax Loop/Oil Field Loop - I have quite a few different loops that I ride (summer loops/winter loops). If I ride on the trail, I list the loop name, time spent on the trail, and sometimes the mileage (less now that I am not in endurance training). I usually have more, and longer, trail rides listed, but February was dark, cold, wet, and just not-so-great-for-riding.
T/O - turn out.
Lesson - that one doesn't take a rocket scientist; a dressage lesson with my coach.
Arena Ride means that I schooled dressage in my arena. I try to write down what I worked on in particular.
Ivermectin - Speedy G got a de-wormer
AIS - Adequan Injection Speedy. I used to also have AIM (Adequan Injection Montoya). I guess I could shorten it down to just AI, but that's ... weird! Artificial Intelligence (seriously!), Artificial Insemination (hope not!), American Idol (he thinks so), or Anti-Inflammatory (that would be for me) ...
How do you keep track?