Fall is fast approaching and many of us are done showing. It makes me ponder what it takes to have a happy and successful show season. There are multiple components and I will be discussing many of them over the next few weeks.
First, to me, it's setting the right goals for you and your horse. This begins with setting both long term and short term goals. I have always been a firm believer in setting goals. Having a dream is nice but dreaming will never get you where you want to go - only setting and achieving realistic goals will.
And your goals should be attainable, that is, don't run before you can walk. Be sure your horse has the ability and mind-set to do what you are interested in. It is of utmost importance that you find what your horse "likes" to do, even if it means a slight change in your show plans. A horse that likes and is interested in his work can overcome many physical limitations. Then, you must make sure his job is enjoyable, don't overdo, work towards success in steps he can understand and also be realistic about what level of showing you and your horse are ready for and capable of accoplishing. Remember, not everyone can be a National Champion but everyone can have a great show season!
Talk to you next week. JD