Rider's Resolutions

  Since this will be the last blog post of 2013, why not take the time to list our resolutions for 2014? Though the statistics say that most people will give up on their resolutions near the beginning of the year, making goals for you and your horse is a good thing to do.

2014; the year of the horse

  I think that the trick to sticking to your resolutions is to do two things:

  Be realistic and write them down.

  As much as I'd like to say that one of my resolutions would be to qualify for the upcoming Olympics, it's not a realistic resolution (but it can be a good long term goal). Depending on where you are in your equine career, your resolutions will differ. If you're new to riding, you might make it a goal to be able to know if you're on the right posting diagonal before your instructor tells you to change it. If you're someone like Eric Lamaze or Reed Kessler, then it might be realistic for you to make the Olympics a resolution.

  You're only going to get discouraged if the resolutions are unrealistic. So keep them attainable to you. Who knows, you might end up completing your goal before the year is done and then you can add on to your list and see if you can complete that before the end of the year.

  The next thing to do is to write them down. And don't just write them down on a napkin and leave is somewhere where you will probably lose it the next day. Write it (or type it) on a paper and put it somewhere that you will see it everyday. Some might find it useful to put it on their fridge and others might find it better to keep it on their phone. Wherever the right spot is for you, make sure it's somewhere you look daily. That way, you'll always be reminded of your resolutions. Just like a "to do" list, it will show you your goals and what you need to do to get there before the year is up. If you ever end up forgetting or giving up on your resolutions, that paper will help you get back on track.

  What's also great about writing them down is that, when you complete your resolution, you can cross it out and write the date on it. That way, you'll feel so proud that you accomplished that and it will encourage you to try to attain your next goal.

  Remember your big goal while you write your resolutions. If you would like to make it to the Olympics one day, what little steps do you have to make to get yourself there? If you focus on the little steps, you're less likely to give up, but don't forget what you are striving for in the process. You want to, as the expression goes, keep your eyes on the prize.

  So what are my resolutions for 2014? They're pretty simple:

  • Find a way to ride more whether it is through lessons or free riding

  • Increase my knowledge of horses and horsemanship through theory and practice

  • Continue to write and grow the Pure Horse Sense blog

  So there you have it, my resolutions for 2014. What are your rider resolutions? Maybe you can help me attain the last one on my list by sharing Pure Horse Sense with your horse friends and family. Thank you for reading and I wish you all a wonderful new year.

  Good luck to all of you with your resolutions!

  Until next year, happy riding!