Balancing School and Horses

Four ways to master the art of juggling life and American Quarter Horse Youth Association activities.

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Juggling school and horses can be hard. Here are some tips on mastering the art of juggling life and American Quarter Horse Youth Association activities!

Whether you are a pre-teen, teen or young adult, we are all faced with busy schedules, long days and not enough sunlight. If your life involves horses, you must learn how to balance school, your social life and riding your four-legged partner in crime. This is not always an easy task. I’ve put together a list of tips to help relieve some stress.

1. Prioritize your responsibilities.

I know what you’re thinking, “Time spent in the saddle is my No. 1 priority; I don’t need to put as much effort into homework, studying or going to school.” But the truth is, school is nonnegotiable. Your education should be high on your priority list because, without an education, how will you get a job to pay for your furry friend? Always focus on school, but also decide what makes you the most happy. Whether this is rodeo, horse shows, pleasure riding, piano, basketball or another activity, put 110 percent effort into it, and I promise you will see a reward.

2. Get organized.

The moment you write out what needs to be done for your day, week, month, year or what you have planned, your life becomes way easier to manage. For those of you who are fashion-forward and accessories-minded, a cute planner is a must-have for 2016. Not only will you keep yourself organized, but you will plan in style. Clearly, it’s a win-win. Maybe pen and paper isn’t for you. Don’t worry. There’s an app for that. (Seriously, there is.) Download an organizational app and stay on task. Planner Plus is one option, which gets great reviews.

3. Don’t be afraid to say “No.”

As a recent college graduate, I learned this the hard way. It’s important to disperse yourself in a variety of different extra-curricular activities, but it’s also important to remember you are still a kid (even if you don’t want to admit it). Be sure to enjoy the life you were given and say “Yes” to opportunities that will enrich your life. Say “No” when you need to. Don’t feel pressured because you don’t want to hurt someone’s feelings or are afraid it will reflect poorly on yourself. On the other hand, don’t be lazy. Search for opportunities, and you will likely find them.

4. Make time to sleep.

Studies show pre-teens and teens need an average of 9.5 to 10 hours of sleep per night. We’ve all heard the saying, “you can sleep when you’re dead,” but sleep is a vital necessity, and studies show that without proper sleep, tasks take longer to accomplish and you are less productive. Because sleep is so important, make catnaps your best friend, giving you the extra boost you need to finish your day strong.

These are just a few ideas to help juggle your crazy schedule. Before you know it, you will be organized and conquering each task with ease. What works for you? Share your ideas with us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook!