3 Easy Ways to Obtain Your Horse Goals in 2018

As 2017 comes to a close, it’s time we reflect on the past and begin to plan for the next year. There is just something so exciting and adventurous about tackling new goals and setting your sites on bigger, better challenges when January 1st hits. For many equestrians and equine enthusiasts, it’s with our beloved horse at our side.

Whether you’re preparing for the next show season, training a green horse, just wanting to take more trail rides or spend more time with your horse, it’s going to mean overcoming obstacles that have interfered each year before. So what can we do to really achieve these goals and meet our hearts greatest desires for 2018?

We all know the gym story, gyms fill up in January as people set their own personal fitness goals and feel that New Year enthusiasm, but as February approaches it becomes harder to make it a priority, more boring to be there and seemingly just pointless to get to the gym. Go to the gym at the end of February, and suddenly no one is around.

Don’t let the gym story happen to you and your horse! Equestrians are strong, but we’re still susceptible to letting other things in life interrupt our riding goals. To get the right start this New Year, here are 3 things you can do to REALLY obtain your horse goals in 2018!

1. Don’t Just Set New Goals, Make New Systems

Goals are great, they give us an idea of where we want to end up. The issue is, we humans tend to think getting there will be much easier than it actually is. Set aside some time to write down 1 goal, then write down every step to get there, and consider all those obstacles and variables that could get in the way. Want more time at the barn? Need to work more on those patterns? Want a better barrel time? Awesome! Write down the what, where, why, how and when and make the plan to get you there!

2. Slow and Steady Wins the Race

We all know the story of the tortoise and the hare, but many of us still end up being the hare with our personal goals. When it comes to working with horses, it is especially important you are methodical, strategic and work to build your patience. Don’t rush training for both of you, plan for small, daily achievements you know you can obtain rather than overextending yourself. Allow your horse the needed time to absorb new training, give yourself the time it really takes to enjoy the ride. And always remember to breathe!

 3. Change Up the Routine!

One goal killer can be the new plan you worked so hard to create becomes an old boring routine after a few weeks. Instead of doing the same thing everyday at the same time, create a schedule that changes things up weekly. Maybe one week you do just groundwork, another you try different a discipline a couple days just for giggles, another you only go trail riding, or perhaps give a go at a show? The options are endless, don’t make things rigid, you AND your horse will thank you!

Here at Coat Defense, we have BIG goals for 2018. Our first will roll out in January, where we will begin introducing you to the riders we sponsor and their amazing stories. The second, we want to eliminate Rain Rot FOREVER. And the third, we want to help you change YOUR routine to FINALLY PREVENT your horse from getting painful issues like rain rot, mud fever, scratches, cannon crud, ringworm, girth galls, blanket rubs and any other horse skin related issue.

Here’s to 2018, Happy New Year!

The Coat Defense Team