This month, the newsletter has been delayed as I wrestle with options for the direction of SaddleUpAgain.com. There are lots of riders out there who are not youngsters anymore, there are lots of kinds of horseback riding, and there are also lots of options for getting information about riding, training and horse care. So where to go? What do I want to do with my horses? What do you want to do with your horses?
A few days ago, I started an online training and education program called Training Journals by CRK Training. CRK Training is an organization run by rider/trainer Callie King, and she offers free video courses called “Better Riding in 7 Days” and “7 Days to Understanding Your Horse”. I sampled the Better Riding course and liked it very much. Give it a try — it’s free, it’s worthwhile and the videos are short.
The “lightbulb” moment for me in this was at the start of the Training Journals course when I was required to write down my “Dreaming Big” Goals. In Callie’s words:
First, I want you to sit back, close your eyes for a moment, and think about why you started riding… What did you dream of then, and what do you want now? What are your goals?
This may be accomplishments such as going on a long trail ride, riding on a beach, competing in a certain discipline, or it may be more feeling based – a connection with your horse, confidence in yourself, etc.…
Perhaps there’s a skill you want to learn or master: equine massage, learning to jump, or riding a great dressage test. Or maybe you dream of owning your own horse!
These are fantastic and basic questions that I’d never asked myself or been asked in years of watching videos, attending clinics and working with trainers. What’s your Dreaming Big Goal?
For me, the most fun on a horse is riding outside. I can still remember trail rides from more than 50 years ago. Here in Texas, it’s riding over open spaces to check fences, cattle and crops. It’s enjoying the outdoors from the back of a horse, and doing it safely.
Some buckoffs over the last 10 years have limited my confidence and my riding and training. Callie’s questions and her assessment of needed skills and knowledge have clarified my horsemanship direction. What’s your horsemanship direction?
So what are your goals for your horse time? Please share your Dream BIg goals, and I’ll work to share information on SaddleUpAgain.com that will further your goals and mine.
Please share your Dream Big goals for your horse time!
Here some examples of riders who are following their goals for riding. What are you doing now to follow your goals?
In this video, Paul demonstrates how to saddle a horse using a technique he learned at Bob King’s Cowboy School. It allows you to saddle your horse without tying and it makes it easier to gently place a saddle on your horse’s back.
Please share your Dream Big goals for your horse time by clicking this link and leaving a comment on the website. Thanks and Happy Trails!