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post #1 of 26 Old 12-08-2008, 07:45 AM Thread Starter
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What are your horse riding goals?

Hey guys,

I just thought it might be good to discuss our goals for our horse riding, as I believe having goals is an important part in becoming better at your riding.

So everybody, what are your personal goals, short term and long term? What do you want to achieve? Where are you headed?

My main goal at the moment is to be able to keep Galina on the bit, and nice and round, for a whole session. At the moment I can only hold her there for 20 paces or so, and then we'll lose it for a little bit before she comes back onto the contact again. So that is my main goal!

My next goal is to enter a dressage show with her - which will be my first ever!

Over to you!

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post #2 of 26 Old 12-08-2008, 08:32 AM
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I want to finish out April and be competitive at local shows. I am planning on switching her over to English and I want to get her broke to drive.

Chloe has maxed out her showing potential for me but it is great to see her doing well with the 15 year old girl.

My short term goal is just being able to ride sometime... with winter, work, life, it has been tough to be able to ride. I also want to get my 5000 hour belt buckle through AQHA. I joined the riding program a few years ago and have around 1500 hours.

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post #3 of 26 Old 12-08-2008, 01:54 PM
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My goals are to continue on with riding a canter better and to improve on sidepassing.
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post #4 of 26 Old 12-08-2008, 05:24 PM
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My goal for next riding season is to continue working with a trainer on hubby's horse. He has no time to ride and Kooter was basically becoming a pasture pony at age 11! I hope to be able to do a jump course with him by the end of the summer.

More trail rides is going to be a biggie for me next year as well.
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post #5 of 26 Old 12-08-2008, 05:58 PM
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my goal for next year is to try and have more fun with my horses. Try to go on more trail rides. I also would like to learn on doing flying lead changes on my young gelding.
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post #6 of 26 Old 12-08-2008, 10:55 PM
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Oh, good grief! My goal is to not be so nervous! :) And not be so frustrated--riding only once a week can be maddening. I feel like I'll never gain any skill.

I also want to learn to do more groundwork, something I'm starting on with my trainer. I love it!

So, I have a lot of goals...great. ;)
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post #7 of 26 Old 12-09-2008, 08:34 AM
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My short term goals are to be able to canter Dakota around the ring without him bucking, and to jump a full course without getting left behind or jumping ahead at all. My long term goal is to own a horse (which could be happening sooner rather than later)!

Every ride, good or bad, teaches you something new.
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post #8 of 26 Old 12-09-2008, 10:42 AM
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The olympics.

Haha. A girl can dream, right?

For Diesel, I really want to get him balanced and collected at the canter and improve his lead changes. I'd like to get him giving to the bit more and being more responsive when asking him to sidepass.

I want to renew my AQHA membership so I can do that riding program as well. I also really really really want to start showing again.
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post #9 of 26 Old 12-09-2008, 11:07 AM
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My main goal is to help my horse keep a steady pace through a hunter course and to listen to me better and not rush at some of the jumps.

Another kind of short term goal is to start showing with her when the 09 show season starts in April. Eventually I want to win a first place but I can't say whether that will happen sooner or later. :)
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post #10 of 26 Old 12-09-2008, 11:18 AM
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I want to learn to be more balanced, and for my muscles to strengthen. I also want to be jumping by the end of next year.
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