New Year’s Horse-Training Resolutions
Challenge yourself – and your horse – in 2017.
By Holly Wilson, fall 2016 AQHA communications and digital marketing intern | December 20, 2016
Every year, I tell myself that I’m going to work more cattle, take more lessons, show more, win more money … the list goes on! The issue is, I might not stick with those goals. I don’t always set goals that are achievable, and I also don’t always challenge myself to complete them.
New Year’s resolutions are meant to act as a challenge for the coming year, but that challenge can’t fall flat after a couple of weeks.
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If there is no will, there is no try! So try hard to come up with some horse-training resolutions for 2017 that you can stick with. It’s OK to start small; everyone has to start somewhere.
For this coming year, my resolutions look like this:
- Improve transition from large-fast to small-slow circles
- Work cattle at least once a week
- Take a training break once a week for a trail ride
- Improve my riding cues for the rein-work
And that’s it! My mare and I have only been together for a short time, and we are still growing and improving our relationship every day. As we progress, so will our goals!
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Our Instagram followers are also participating in the building of dreams, and here are some of their New Year’s resolutions:
- “I will complete my second, and possibly my third, apprenticeship to becoming a certified trainer!”
- “Getting my colt to canter the barrel pattern.”
- “Working on ranch horse skills.”
- “Mastering patterns and the lead change.”