Goals – take 1

26 Nov

I’ve come up with my first cut at goals for the winter season. Keeping in mind that on average I’m only able to ride about 1/week in the winter, I am trying to be realistic and focus on basics that both Corona and I need to rediscover. Also considering the lack of riding time, I’ve added in some theory goals that will allow me to learn through books and videos when I’m not able to get out to the barn.

At work, we’re always told to ensure our goals are SMART – Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-bound. I’m not sure that these goals are very SMART, but I do think they will serve me well. If anyone has any suggestions on how to improve them, please let me know.


Theory goals:

  • Continue study of natural horsemanship through purchase of fundamentals video from Parelli.
  • Learn theory behind the Parelli 7 games more in-depth so that I can more accurately put them into practice.
  • Get dressage book to more accurately understand the pyramid of training and then be able to put it into practice.


Groundwork goals:

  • Lead Corona walk/trot/halt and have him follow at a respectful distance and speed. Will halt at a respectful distance and keep out of my personal space.
  • Mount/dismount while standing calmly in a variety of locations.


Riding goals:

  • Halt/walk/trot/canter transitions – I want to have consistently willing and relaxed transitions.
  • Focus on leg position – keep heels down and leg in a secure position.
  • Be able to maintain forward impulsion throughout riding sessions and keep an even tempo at all times.

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