One of my friends mentioned the need for goal setting earlier today – specifically relating to getting her horses ready for “show season”. Fun!
I have shown my horse, Lilah, once. It was great, terrifying fun. We took home a ribbon for 4th place (out of a class of about 20 riders). Not too bad for a first-time show, right? Right! I hope to show my horse A this year! Several months ago, during a lesson with my trainer, she said she thought we’d be ready to show this year if I keep up the good work! I think it was mostly a mini-motivational speech, as it came subsequent to my assertion that in the prior weeks, I’d only ridden a handful of times. :p
So, following my friend’s lead, I think I need to start setting goals for myself with my horses! Sure, each time I work with them, we have a short-term goal for our session, but we need a bigger goal, broken down into parts. That, of course, will likely be remodeled as the training progresses… but, it is a start.
Goal 1? Ride MORE!
I have a video of myself riding A from the Spring of 2011. I believe we have progressed since that point. I think, as part of our training, I should have someone videotape our rides at least once a month or so… just to see where we make progress, where we regress, and what seems stable with regards to each of our training and fitness.