No matter what type of horse rider you are, there are always areas in which you can improve. Setting resolutions can help you reach your goals and become a better rider overall. Here are a few resolutions you can consider making in the new year:
1. I will work on my fitness and endurance.
Focusing on your fitness may help make you a better rider overall. Building strength and endurance can provide you with better balance and may even prevent injury. Yoga and Pilates are great for improving strength and flexibility.
The same goes for your horse! The more in shape it is, the easier it will be for it to perform.
Of course, working on getting in shape also means keeping a close eye on your diet as well as your horse's diet. Make sure you're getting a balance of fruits, vegetables, proteins and fat. When it comes to your horse, it's important to feed it the right grains to fuel its body. You can rely on all-natural equine supplements to ensure its diet is filled with all the proper vitamins and nutrients.
2. I will make time to ride more.
Life can get busy sometimes, and you may not always have the time you would like to go riding. Just like any other important thing in your life, you should schedule this particular activity into your calendar, like you would a doctor's appointment or a workout at the gym. This way, you won't have to make time for riding during the day, it will already be there. With the right planning, you'll find more time to spend in the saddle.
3. I will step out of my comfort zone.
Becoming a better, more experienced rider starts with trying new things and getting out of your comfort zone. Take lessons with an instructor so you and your horse can learn new skills and grow together. Haven't tried show jumping or endurance riding? It's never too late to learn something different.
4. I will continue to learn.
You can never learn too much about equine health or horse riding, and the more you know, the better you can care for your horse, and the better off you'll be as a rider. Take local classes about horse health or learn how to better communicate with your horse.
5. I will make friends with other riders.
Meeting new people who share your passion for horses and riding can make the sport even more fun. Plus, connecting with others is also a great way to learn new skills and build upon the talents you already have.