What is your ULTIMATE HORSE GOAL (UHG)? (Go big or go home!) Think of what you want to do with your horse… and think PAST it. What would be BIGGER than that? More AWESOME than that? THAT is your ULTIMATE HORSE GOAL.
Now, every (30) horse/person interactions, work towards that (UHG) with (3) SMART Horse Goals. You may never get to your (UHG), but those (3) SMART Horse Goals will break down and tease apart all the problems in your horse/person relationship and really get to solutions.
- (S)pecific: Target what you want and then write it down.
- (M)easurable: How do you know you got there? A goal needs a clear “X” marks the spot—you have arrived point.
- (A)chievable: Goals should be realistic and achievable. While an achievable goal may be difficult to accomplish, the goal should not be impossible.
- (R)elevant: A goal is only relevant in this context, for the purposes of this journal, if it improves upon the relationship you have with your horse.
- (T)ime-Bound: A deadline helps focus your efforts on completion of the goal on or before the due date. Otherwise, your horse problems never go away, and you never improve. It will always be, “Someday.”
Take your “Someday,” excuse excuse excuse, “No, because…” song and dance evasions, and shovel them into the manure pile with the rest of your ineffective habits and meandering behaviors. Passive passenger behaviors won’t work around horses. They will take over your lives and with their 10 to 1 ratio of weight difference over people, and their tendency to take flight during times of panic, they won’t even realize you’re a speed bump in their way.
Our job as human caretakers of our equine companions is to learn and take responsibility for our horse’s behaviors so they become adaptable, well-adjusted “members” of our horse community. Don’t be that one horse/rider combo that everyone talks about in a bad way. Be the combo that everyone aspires to! Figure out what your problems are, break them down into manageable chunks, and fix it!
Besides, it’s cool, years from now, pulling a log book off the shelf and reading about all the trials and tribulations that occurred that day, that horse, that year, … etc., And all those “Ah-ha” moments not lost to the vagaries of time… because you wrote them down.
The saying goes, “It takes 10,000 hours to become an expert.” Here’s to (300) of those hours being logged and counted.