New Year Resolutions for Riders (that are fun!)
Spend some more time with your horse. It’s easy to just focus on the riding part but quality time is equally spent either grooming, maybe doing some ground work or just having some quiet time together. If you don’t own your own horse you could offer to help out at your local stables, you may even bag a free lesson in return for some barn help.
Take a photo of your horse every day (ok, you most probably do this anyway!) At the end of the year it will be great fun to look back at some of their goofy moments as well as any special achievements, whether it is managing your first canter or taking part in your first competition.
Clean your tack after each ride. OK, this may seem a bit much but we guarantee once you get in the habit you won’t know how you managed not to do this one. There are lots of benefits of looking after your tack, clean tack will last longer and is less likely to break mid-ride and looks super smart too. You also don’t need to spend ages doing this, a quick wipe down to get the dirt off and a rub over with leather cream and you’re done.
Volunteer – there are lots of great opportunities to get involved. Charities are always looking for keen horsey volunteers. Horse events such as US Eventing rely on volunteers to keep competitions running and you can often get a free entry to an event in return for your help and you will get to meet some great people as well.
Try and learn a new skill, learning a new discipline can often help out in all areas of your riding, help increase your fitness and keep you and your horse fresh and motivated. If you just like to trail ride finding new routes can be fun and challenging as well and if lessons are your thing get together with some friends and organise a group lesson.
Set realistic goals and stop comparing yourself to anyone else! The most important thing is to look after yourself and your horse (whether you own one, loan one, share one or ride at the local stables) and have fun!