Happy New Year! Now that I’ve gotten that out of the way and you’ve probably made a list of NY’s resolutions that you want to achieve for the year, have you also thought about what you’d like to achieve in your dressage and riding with your equine partner?
I’ve had a look (read) around the web of some of the best goal setting processes for horse riding and here is my compilation of my top 5 tips!
1. Make them achievable and realistic (SMART – Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Timely)
2. Set out a plan of attack and list the smaller steps that contribute towards your goal.
3. Celebrate the little wins!
4. Be consistent.
5. Make change. If you’re doing the same thing and expecting different results, it’s time to reassess what you’re doing.
How to track your progress
Videoing your training is a great way to visually analyse what you’re doing in the saddle as well as how your horse is responding and moving. You could also keep a training diary and competition records to keep track of how everything is progressing towards your goals.
My Top Goals for 2020
1. Achieve a clean, consistent and resistance free transition into canter on both reins by 30th June.
2. Compete in Prelim with 65%+ score and progress into Novice once goal 1 is achieved.
3. Medium trot
4. Leg yield with light aids and correct bend by September.
5. Lengthening in canter once the canter is balanced.