Oh yeah, it’s back. It’s August, so that means I am challenging myself, and I want to share the challenge with you!
For the month of August, I am going to challenge myself (and maybe you too) to get out and ride my horse every day. Now, I am not talking about working him for hours and hours. No, Frisby isn’t up for that and neither am I.
Last August I did a confident rider challenge to help me be more confident around my horses. And this year I just want to work on being a more effective rider. And to help myself along this 30 day journey, I have created a workbook to help me stay focused and make the time to ride. I mean I am lucky enough to have my horses here at my house. And I have everything I need to ride, I just need to do it.
Reining Myself In
I have learned my lesson from trying to do too much. While I was entertaining the idea of posting a video every day for the month (I already made a video list) I decided to control myself and not. With working full time, and committing to 2 videos a week, AND wanting to work with Frisby every day, having to come up with compelling videos every day for a month along with my blog posts would be too much. So while I won’t be posting videos every day, the ones I do publish will be related to my riding challenge.
On the other hand though, I can commit to 30 days of blog posts, because, well, that’s easy for me. Now if I can just convince my husband to come take some pictures while I’m riding…. That could be a little more difficult!
But plan on seeing a blog post every day with little snippets of Frisby (and my) progress.
But Why Not Ride Ethan?
You may be wondering why I am doing this with Frisby and not Ethan. Well the sad story behind that is that Ethan is injured, again. When I was on vacation for a month, and planned on riding him a lot. But one week into vacation, he kicked through the back of his stall and cracked his hoof.
So Ethan is getting a vacation for a very long time. But I have been able to do a lot of work around him. And he is getting good. So good in fact that I can now put fly spray on him while he is just standing. No halter, nothing. That in itself is a huge accomplishment for him!
So hopefully one day, he will stay healthy enough that I actually can ride him. Talk about frustrating.
Daily Goals Work Book
The good news is Frisby is sound, and could use a little exercise, so he is my mount for my personal challenge. And instead of planning for an entire month, which is fun for me, I am only making my plan one week at a time. I even set up my workbook for this.
I have it broken down into bite size weekly chunks. I am only focusing on one week at a time. And I made the workbook a PDF file so I was able to print it off. This makes it easy to fill in my goals (one week at a time) and then write a little bit each day of how things went.
The reason I did the riding reflection section is because I find it helpful to reflect back on my ride. For instance yesterday when I rode Frisby, we worked on moving his hindquarters under saddle, and it went very well! It may be something small for many riders, but for me it was an “a-ha” moment, so I’ll write it down.
I can write whatever I want, like what went well, and what didn’t. And then I can use that to help plan my next week of riding.
I’m going to beta test this on myself, and I thought it might be helpful for you too! This is just the first draft of the workbook, and I might add some more to it as I am actually using it. But I thought you might enjoy having something like this too. It’s a really simple workbook, but it helps. Well, it helping me any way! Even just sitting down for 5 minutes, and filling out the workbook can help keep your mind focused on you end goal. From what I have found so far, it has been fun, fast, and easy.
You can download the workbook by clicking the above heading. Once you download it, you can print off the entire thing, or just one week at a time, whichever you prefer. And you might notice that when you download it, it says “survivalist prepper” in the download. Don’t worry, it isn’t spam. My husband doesn’t trust me to use my own libson account, so he had me upload it to HIS account. (Long story for another time.)
And more importantly, it’s helping me to achieve the result that I am focusing on.
Kicking Off August
So I am kicking of the start of August with a bang by doing this challenge. And these are the things I am going to be focusing on this first week with Frisby:
- Aug 1: Work on lunging system
- Aug 2: Hill work in the pasture
- Aug 3: Trail ride
- Aug 4: Work on lunging system
- Aug 5: Working on going forward (Frisby is lazy)
- Aug 6: Walk on the road
- Aug 7: Day off
I like to incorporate at least one day off a week for my horse, as well as myself. And while I am not planning on riding that day, that doesn’t mean I will just leave my horse alone. Oh no, that day will probably be a massage day, or deep grooming. He will not escape me for the whole day. But hopefully it will be as enjoyable for him as it is for me.
This also give you a glimpse of what to expect to see from me for this first week of my challenge. Because this is what I will be writing about. And if you like to challenge yourself, and have the ability to do this with me, why not give it a try? You can download the workbook here. Let me know what you think of it!