Being an equestrian is tough. Being a horse owner is even tougher.
As much as I wish I could treat my horse like any other sport, I cant. A football player’s football isn’t going to lose muscle or become less fit if he doesn’t throw it around for a week or so. A football player also doesn’t need to lay eyes on his football almost every day to make sure it’s in good health.
As an adult rider with full time obligations, I have to remind myself of this often. With the love of the animal and the sport comes responsibility. My barn is 72 miles and over an hour away from my house. One way. That itself makes me not want to get up and go most days. But I have to, my horse and his health and fitness deserve it.
I’ve found that by making a schedule and planning my rides, I’m more likely to stick to it. Having a physical calendar, and a cute one at that, helps too!
For years, almost all of my agendas have come from Target. Once a Target girl, always a Target girl. Pick something cutesy, yet practical. I usually go for the bigger, sturdier ones because 1. they can’t get lost, 2. they can’t get broken.
Get yourself supplies. Cute pens make the world of difference. Seriously. I’m 60% sure that these pens are from Target as well.
West’s work week usually looks like ….
Monday : flat in the field, work on test prep
Tuesday : flat in the ring, focus specifically on trot work
Wednesday : conditioning – gallop sets + hills
Thursday : day off
Friday : lesson or trail ride
Saturday : flat in the ring, focus specifically on canter work
Sunday : day off
Make sure you stay on top of other weekly tasks as well. Medications, laundry, tack cleaning, all that good stuff. Make sure you document any changes in health. This comes in very handy when you have to talk to the vet about it.
Make a list of other things that need to get done that week. If I don’t write it down, I forget to do it.
Have fun, happy planning!