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post #1 of 15 Old 02-21-2010, 03:42 PM Thread Starter
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What are your goals with horses???

I got thinking about goals I had with my horses, so I thought i'd make a post..

Whats your goals with horses??
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post #2 of 15 Old 02-21-2010, 04:17 PM
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I didn't have any goals when I bought my horse last year, he was just going to be my respite from the daily grind of caring for my father... but then my dad died at the beginning of this year, so now I have the option of doing more with my horse... I'm back riding him again and started cantering [again] this week, and I'm hoping to start jumping soon! After that I'll see what happens!

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post #3 of 15 Old 02-21-2010, 06:59 PM
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Get Ice 100% rideable, and a horse thats at least marginally acceptable out on the trail. Maybe teach him the barrel pattern? Maybe some low x-rails in our future? I guess its what he wants to do, lol.
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post #4 of 15 Old 02-21-2010, 09:25 PM
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My goals are different for each individual horse that I ride. Some horses, my only goal is to get them trustworthy out on the trail and in town. With others, my goal leans more toward having a sturdy and willing working partner that will watch a cow, track a cow, and pull a cow after I have roped it. The goal changes each time I get on and I don't make many far in the future plans. I generally just take it one day at a time and work toward my goal for the day rather than the endgame.

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post #5 of 15 Old 02-21-2010, 09:38 PM
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My main goal with Lacey is to just get her to a "steady eddy" sorta state. Basically, all she needs right now is tons of miles. Of course, there are plenty of other things that I'd like to tweak about her but the main thing is just to get her steady and not all crazy all the time. Eventually, I'd love for her to be the horse that I can trust to take care of anyone I throw up on her. She's an Arab and she's in great shape right now, so I can see her living for ten more years, at least, and if that happens, I'd love for her to be the horse my kids (if and when that ever happens) first learn to ride on. I know she can do it, she just needs miles. She's come SO far in the last two years that I don't really have any doubts that she could be the steadiest, most trustworthy horse, basically ever.
To that end, I've been teaching her everything that she does with a voice command, as well as a physical command, so that I can control her from where ever I am in relation to her.

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post #6 of 15 Old 02-21-2010, 09:57 PM
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Some of these are like...6 months to 1 yr goals ;)

Picking up back feet regularly without a minute of circling in each direction and allowing the farrier to do it to.
Bathing, clipping, loading in a trailer
Get her to at least two shows this for fun and get her some exposure to shows.
Pony her on the trail
This fall I want to get the saddle on her a couple times

First get his cut healed!
Refine our canter to trot, trot to walk transitions...they are so kind of "hault'n'go" cuz he's happier to take a nap an disengages his hind end when I ask him to slow down hoping it's time for a break.
Flying lead changes (only after he's consistent with the above)
Continue going to at least 1 show a month so he gets comfortable and isn't high as a kite for the first hour :)
Build up his top line...he looks so out of shape. I am gonna try the energetic walking long and low in arena and out hacking. Love this board!

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post #7 of 15 Old 02-21-2010, 10:14 PM
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My long term goals with my horse Carlos is to have him become a completely rideable, reliable Children's horse for when he's older. At the moment he is an awesome somewhat, unreliable but crazy talented (when he's not lazy) AO/Equitation horse at 11. I'm hoping by the time he's 15-16 he'll be that total packer with an oddball up his sleeve now and again that a Junior can take around the Children's ring and really enjoy, have fun on and win some. This is all in hopes for leasing him in the future because I want to be Carlos' forever home.

Short term goals include:
Softening, Always Softening and really engaging that hind end
A Smooth and Straight Counter canter
A solid turn on the haunches.

He's blossomed in the last year, he's really started understanding adjustability, and his lateral work has improved a ton.

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post #8 of 15 Old 02-21-2010, 10:24 PM
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This summer I would really like to put some miles under Scout. I'd love to get him out on the trail more, and go to a few shows/organized trail rides to let him experience the atmosphere and get over his "screaming mimi" reaction to leaving home and seeing strange horses. I'd like to continue our dressage work, and have him solidly starting lateral work this summer as well.

Long term (kinda vague) plans... have Scout as a reliable and sane pleasure horse. Handy on trails and educated in the arena, and keep that good mind and sweet disposition through it all.

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post #9 of 15 Old 02-22-2010, 07:35 AM
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For my horse Lily, I want her to be 100% safe on the trails (no more bucking at the canter!) and go nicely in the ring. Since she was started so late- basically when I got her at almost 8 yrs old, it has proved quite a challenge to build up her canter muscles enough for her to canter normally. The bad weather and lack of an indoor don't help either :(

For my horse Scharm, I want to be able to get him at least in a little better shape -he is almost 25 and having the winter almost completely off didn't help his condition any, so that we can trail ride and just have fun for a long time to come.

For me, I want to
-become the best rider that I can and be able to work with a multitude of horses
-eventually own a horse rescue facility where I would rehabilitate, retrain, and rehome neglected/abused/slaughterbound horses
-be able to put up an indoor at my facility
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post #10 of 15 Old 02-22-2010, 07:55 AM
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I think goals change over the years. When I first started riding, it was important to win HUS at regional shows and junior jumpers. As I got older and moved to Western, I spent years going to jackpots in team penning.

I always rode trails but now that is all I do. I'm seriously looking at mounted SAS but I think I'll just keep to the trails.

As a trail rider, my goals are to train my horses to move off all my aids while on the trails. I expect them to cross water, bridges, mud, roads, logs, etc but also to ride anywhere in the group that I place them. It's an ego trip when I hear another rider compliment me on the way my horse handles and behaves.

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