Have you seen this on Facebook? It’s called the 100 miles in a month challenge. And I must say, I was curious. But I was not ready to plunk down $99.00 in order to participate in their 14 day challenge. That could buy me a real fancy saddle pad (or two). But if you know anything about me, you know I love a challenge. So I decided to make my own 100 miles in a month challenge.
And I’m going to ‘walk’ you through it here, on my blog over the next 31 days.
Walking a 100 miles in a month?
When you think about it, it seems like a lofty goal, wouldn’t you agree? To be able to look back on a month, and say you walked your horse 100 miles. But what does that look like, from a practical approach?
I guess that means getting off my butt, and taking my horse for a walk. But it also means planning a daily step goal with one of my horses. And since Plezant is new to me, he is the perfect guinea pig for my challenge.
An Hour a Day
I believe that in order to hit my goal of 100 miles a month, I will need to take Plezant for a walk, literally for one hour every single day. I’m not sure, but I think this is what it will work out too. It might be more, it might be less. But I am going to start with an hour a day.
And in order to keep track of how many miles we are walking, I am going to keep track of our progress using my Equilab app. Have you tried this yet? I love this app. Once you get in the habit of turning it on, it’s really fun to look at your progress over the course of a week.
And by turning on the app, I will have a record of how many miles we have walked, as well as the time. This is so much easier than trying to figure out on my fitness tracker of how many miles Plezant and I walk. mean I have my regular daily steps, and then trying to deduct that from my work time with Plezant, well, the Equilab just makes more sense to me.
So we are going to start with an hour a day, and see how we progress over the course of a week, then two, then three.
The Benefit of Walking Your Horse
You probably know what a fan I am of ground work, as well as challenges. And this 100 mile challenge will be starting on the ground, for at least the first two weeks.
I have no idea of what the ‘real’ 100 mile challenge holds as far as walking your horse. Because, well, I’m not going to spend $100 for their two week program to learn how to take my horse for a walk. I can figure that out on my own.
And I don’t need their program to understand the benefit of walking my horse. I already get that. Anything that you can do on the ground, will make it that much easier when you get into the saddle. So exposing your horse to as many different situations on the ground will help him (or her) to experience new situations while you are with him, but on the ground.
I can tell you from just walking with Plezant around our property, it has helped him settle in so much. He is so quiet on the ground. And he really seems to enjoy going for walks.
I love this horse! He just amazes me every time I ask something of him. He is just super cool.
Benefits For You Too
But by going for hour long walks won’t just benefit your horse, but it will benefit you as well. When was the last time you walked for a solid hour? I mean, I can easily get 10,000 steps a day, which is roughly 5 miles a day. But this is a part of my regular schedule. This is what I do every single day. So my body is used to it. But, walking for a sold hour? Nope, I’m not used to that!
So not only will this help my horse by hand walking him, working his muscles, and getting him fit slowly, but it will help me to get fit too.
Walk with Me
Ok, today is Thursday, April 30th. Tomorrow is May 1st. That means I am starting my own 100 mile month challenge now. Want to do it with me? Then, let’s do it! You can look me up on the Equilab app (under the section to add friends) and we can help keep each other accountable, as well as see what others are doing. Oh, and it won’t cost you $100 for 14 days, or even a dollar for one day. This is completely free, but if you want to pay yourself for doing it, how about getting a jar, and putting a dollar (or two) in the jar for every mile you walk with your horse?
I love paying myself. So I a going to put $2 dollars in the jar for every mile I walk with Plezant. And then, when I’m done with my challenge, I’ll see how much money I have saved, and will reward myself with something cool, like a Mystery Box from Just Riding. I love their surprise boxes. I did this last year with a personal challenge I did. So it seems fitting to do something similar again this year.
Doing something ‘extra’ helps to motivate me to reach my goal. And hopefully I will get the benefit of getting in shape too!
100 Miles in a Month Challenge
Alright, so tomorrow is the first day of the free 100 miles in a month challenge, brought to you by me, the Budget Equestrian. Be sure to follow me on Instagram ( @budgetequestrian ) to follow our progress, as well as daily tips to get you motivated in case you want to join in on the challenge too!
And we will just have to come back and revisit this on June 1st to see how we all did. Are you in? Do you want to really connect and bond with your horse while you both get physically fit? Then join me! Let’s do this challenge together!