What are they again you might ask? Just in case you missed the last post. Three easy and non-technical goals we have set for your first three months of riding lessons. I set them assuming you are riding once a week allowing them to be attainable within three months.
Your First Three Goals
Your first three-month goals are familiarity, comfort and learning the nature of the horse. They probably seem like pretty wide open goals, which is exactly the point! Every trainer and every barn teaches in their own way and does things a little differently. So having these goals set loosely for three months, it allows you to work toward something while still learning the specific skill sets that your instructor is working with you to build. I will help you with the more technical skill side of course too, but I think these first three building blocks are super important.
After each lesson, in your journal, you should be able to jot down things that you are familiar with now that you weren’t before. For example, s
Before you head to the barn for your next lesson, take a look at what you wrote down last week for each of your three goals. See if you need to focus on one goal more than another or if you had a specific question you didn’t get answered. Make that your priority for your next lesson!
Remember, these three-month goals are to get you set up for the next steps where you’ll be learning more technical horsemanship skills. Before we touch those I want you to be familiar with the farm and farm routine. I want you to feel COMFORTABLE, around the horses and barn staff. The third goal, LEARNING THE NATURE OF THE HORSE, will ensure you are safe as you work around the horses moving forward.
You Can’t Start As An Expert
Anyone who wants to learn a new skill or sport needs to do these things. Professional athletes aren’t born, they are made over time. T
You are gaining familiarity and confidence and learning about the animals you are working with. If you don’t understand the nature of the horse, you can’t be safe around them so it is extremely important and should never be taken for granted. Your safety always comes first!
If we move on to the more advanced skills before we have those basics down, we are just setting ourselves up for trouble. We need those three solid building blocks in place to move forward successfully.
Those foundation blocks will continue to gain strength as you learn more technical skills. You just can’t move to the more technical skills and expect to do well at them until you have the three foundation blocks in place. What are they again? Repeat after me!
Building Blocks of Success
Familiarity, Comfort and Understanding the nature of the horse. These are the building blocks for your relationship with your instructor, your lesson horses, and the foundation on which we are going to begin your horsemanship journey,
If you feel like you are lacking in one area or another, never be afraid to ask questions. Remember, there is no such thing as a stupid question!
Hopefully, as these first three months go by, you can see your progress towards goals and capture concrete proof from what you’ve captured in your journal. You have the strong
Congratulations! I will be right here with you every step of the way!