Monday, December 31, 2018

Getting Ready for 2019

I think most bloggers try to do a yearly recap at the end of the year, but in my case, I pretty much gave you my recap all in this month!  So I thought I'd start focusing on next year.  I plan to post my goals for the new year tomorrow, and as part of getting ready for that post, I decided to make a new conditioning log for Nimo.  

I have tried a few different methods in the past, from using a huge monthly calendar to using a specific leather journal to just tracking the basics in my regular planner.  Out of all those methods, I loved the big calendar the best, but I no longer have any place to hang it.  The method I liked least was a dedicated leather journal.  I had trouble using it because I was always misplacing it, and it was one more piece of clutter for the table.  I would often forget to write things down because it wasn't handy.  I ended up just using my planner to record details, which was definitely convenient for getting things written down in the first place, but then I would have to hunt and peck for information if I wanted it later, which I didn't like.

So this year, I have a compromise solution.  I put together a small traveler's notebook to use.  It tucks right into a pocket in my main planner so I don't have to keep track of it separately.  I've started using traveler's notebooks a lot lately and they are really growing on me.  They are inexpensive to buy and easy to make.  They are convenient and easy to use and don't take up a lot of space.

I ended up making one because one of my goals from this year (that will continue into next year) is Use it or Give It Away/Sell It/Throw It Out.  I have enough scrapbooking supplies to open my own store at this point and it is time to use them instead of hoard them!  So, I found some cool paper and took about 3 hours this morning to make one.

The cover is from the DCWV Once Upon a Time paper stack.  The quote is hard to read because my handwriting sucks, but it says, "Not all those who wander are lost."
I wish I could have gotten more of the alacorn on the front part of the cover, but I just love this scene so I used it anyway.  Also of note, I've had this paper for at least 10 years but didn't know what an alacorn was until recently because of my daughter's obsession with the My Little Pony show on Netflix.
It fits perfectly into one of the pockets of my Harry Potter planner.
The inside cover is made from a map I found online for the Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia area.  The calendar was printed from a free one I found online at
A sample of one of the monthly pages.  I should have enough space to record mileage and time or a few other details plus calculate weekly and monthly totals.
I wanted a place to keep track of deworming, vaccinations, and any other medical stuff that happens during the year.
Here is where I can record my hoof trimming so I can see better how frequently I am doing it.

I'm constantly experimenting with amounts and foods and I really need a place to write my notes about what works and what doesn't.
I included a few blank pages to keep track of anything that I forgot to set up already or if I need overflow pages.
The back page and cover, which is part of the same map from the front inside cover.
If you are interested in the details, the pages are 8.5 inches tall and a little over 8.5 inches wide that are then folded in half.  I make them just a smidge wider than 8.5 inches wide to account for the fold.  That way I still have a true 4.25 inch size to work with, which matters because the way I do the calendar pages is to use 1x1 inch boxes.  If I don't have a little more than 4 inches of width, I tend to run out of space on the pages that need to accommodate 4 boxes in the width.  The Midori TNs are usually 8.25 inches tall, but I feel like that wastes paper, which is in the 8.5 size.  And I have to cut a quarter inch off, which irritates me.  Normally I would just fold an 8.5x11 paper in half, but I made it narrower so the cover would work out to include the alacorn's head:)  The pages of the notebook are a specialty paper that looks like parchment but is thin like regular printer paper (so about a 20# weight).  I thought they went with the cover better than white paper and I have a pack of 100 pages, so I figured I might as well use them for something!  Once I had drawn in my calendar and other pages (I could have printed them too, but it makes my head hurt to get the pages set up right for printing, so I like drawing them instead), I stitched the book together using a bookbinding stitch and waxed linen thread.

Feel free to share how you track your conditioning/schooling rides!


  1. I had a conditioning planner and lost it on trail - and it made its way back to me!! I had written "ride with Ross" and he was local to those trails so the finder returned it to him, and he figured out it was mine. : ) Put your name and phone number in it if you bring it on trail!

    1. That's a great idea! I don't take mine with me, but still having my name in it would potentially be helpful if I misplace it:)