Well, 2017 is well underway! We posted a few weeks ago about Horse Owner's New Year’s Resolutions
, but we thought it would be great to share some additional goals you can set with your horse.
This list not only shares goals that make you and your horse better, but gives you the opportunity to pay it forward to others in your circle. So, here are the five goals that you should add to your list for 2017:
Take some time to help the younger generation
Kids are always open to a helping hand. Offer to help some of the kids at the barn by giving them an informal 30 minute lesson. You could also volunteer at a 4-H event working the gate, helping in the office or announcing. Help is always appreciated at local horse events involving kids.
Help out around the barn
If you are boarding, the facility owner would be ecstatic to have a more help. Clean your stall once a week, make sure the aisles are swept, clean up manure in the arena. There are so many little things that can be done that will make such a huge difference – and it really won’t take you more than 10 minutes. Plus, it is a quick way to get in some cardio too!
Save up for something new
This is something that you really need to set your mind to and have a solid plan of action. Have you been eyeing the Smartscrim
or the Therapeutic Smart Quikwrap
? Whatever is on your must have list, just put aside a little money from each paycheck until you reach your goal. Psst.....we offer a payment plan on the Smartscrim!
Work on something new with your horse
Take on a new task with your horse. Do you have a specific show ring goal for 2017? Connect with a mentor that is really doing a consistent job in the show pen. Ask them for suggestions of how you can improve. Also, get create with your training routine. Spice it up. Have fun. Your horse will thank you. Doing different and fun things with your horse helps to build a bond and sharpen your skills as a horseman.
Work hard, play harder
Give you and your horse some mental breaks throughout the year. Of course you should work hard, but you also should reward you and your horse by taking a little mental break. Go for more trail rides, take it easy once a week. It doesn’t have to be ALL work!
No matter what you would like to do with your horse for 2017, make sure you set goals and work towards them every day. It can be something as small as getting your horse comfortable with the clippers or as big as attending and winning at a world show. Choose from this list, or come up with your own. Whatever works! Create a goal and achieve it. You can do it!