When you ride, ride with purpose. While you head out to catch your horse, while you are tacking up, think about your plan for the ride. In order to accomplish goals, you need a plan and parts of that plan are being executed with every ride. You don’t want to miss an opportunity to get closer to your goals by riding aimlessly.
Here is an example of how I might ride with purpose with one of my horses throughout the week.
Monday: Arena work. We will work the pattern with the purpose of keeping the horse free and moving smoothly around the barrels without anticipation.
Tuesday: Outside the arena. We will head out to the field to increase fitness and a “brain break” from the arena.
Wednesday: Outside the arena. Lets head to the hills to work on muscle building going up some hills a few times. We will do some perfect circles while we are out there too and work on staying supple in wide open spaces.
Thursday: Arena work. Set up drills. Will do circle tires drill to improve hip strength and bending.
Friday: etc, Saturday etc,
You get the picture – ride with purpose and know what your plan is for the ride. This way you aren’t out there just putting in time. You can get out there, ride with a plan in mind that is going to take you one step closer to achieving your goals and dreams.
You may find your rides are more successful and your horse appreciates your new “purpose driven rides”. Lay out the expectations for yourself and the horse and work towards making improvements throughout your ride.
It is not necessary to plan your week ahead, but it is important to ride with purpose each time if you want to progress towards your goals most efficiently.