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Why Goal Setting is Important in Horsemanship

Goal setting is important in horsemanship. If you want to be a better horseman, you need to be able to set up goals and do certain actions to improve your horsemanship. Goal setting is really crucial. In fact, it can make a huge difference and can set apart the successful horsemen to the ones who never succeed in this field. Constant practice and regular training must be performed in order to hone and improve skills when it comes to relating and performing with horses. Just with any other skill, when this is not regularly enhanced and put to use, it will wither, die and disappear. Before you know it, you’re back to zero.Why Goal Setting is Important in Horsemanship

Whether it is a goal in having better skills at colt starting, riding a horse, trail loading or groundwork, regular practice is needed and the habit of goal setting must be done so you will know where you need to grow and improve. A main problem you’ll see in many horsemen out there is their lack of goals. Because of this, they are not motivated to improve their skills when it comes to horses. They just stay where they are without any drive to keep moving forward.

Horsemanship:  Setting Goals and Identifying What You Want

In goal setting it is important to identify what you want to happen. After identifying your goals, you then need to plan your strategy of achieving those goals. Do you need to ask for help from an expert to get better skills? Do you need to do your own research and learn on your own? Or do you simply need constant regular practice? Whatever it is, identify those steps and move on to actually doing it as soon as you can before your enthusiasm fades.

In making a goal in relevance to your career as a horseman, you need to make sure that you are not sacrificing your horse’s needs. If you want to get better at riding for example and your plan of action is to practice every day 8 hours per day, you need to determine whether this is fit for your horse. You need to think whether this could be too much for your horse. You need to bear in mind that your horse’s needs, health and safety should be your utmost priority and these should be in no way sacrificed just for your personal intentions.

You should also keep in mind that when it comes to goal setting in horsemanship, you need to make sure that you have the right skill, tools and resources to get the goal done. You need to assess whether you are prepared to do it and whether you have what you need. You need to make your goals realistic and set those that you are prepared to do or else you are doomed for failure. It is best to achieve small successes which will make you more confident to conquer higher and more important goals. It just works the same way you set goals for your personal life. If you want to get better learn to ride a horse, make sure that you have perfected your groundwork skills already. You have to take your goals step by step and not make any shortcut or else, you’re going to be in trouble.

Horsemanship:  Commitment and Passion

Next question for you to ask if you are setting a goal is whether you have one hundred percent commitment and passion not only for the goal itself but for the steps necessary to be taken in order to accomplish the goal. This is because you would need this commitment and excitement especially when the process gets boring or tough. Without this passion for what you are about to do, you are most likely going to fail and your goal will never get to completion.

Next thing to keep in mind is not to make too many goals at once. Take it one step at a time and don’t take too much than you can handle. Make sure your goals are realistic. It is better to set achievable goals so that you have greater chances of success. When you achieve success, you become fueled to achieve and accomplish even more.

So bear these four factors in mind when you are setting a goal. First, you need to know and see to it that your hose’s needs and welfare is not sacrificed or put aside. Second, you need to make sure you have the skills, tools or resources to carry out the steps necessary to accomplish the goal. Third, you need to ask yourself whether you have the excitement and passion to commit to doing the steps necessary to complete the goal. Lastly, you need to make sure you don’t take too many goals at once. Ideally, you should take one goal at a time for better chances of success.

Too many horsemen remain in one place for too long. Never improving and never getting better at anything. They’re just contented to be where they are. This should not be the case for you. You can reach higher grounds and higher levels of success if you are committed to improving yourself when it comes to horsemanship. You’ll be surprised one day where it takes you. It’s definitely worth taking the risks and the time to do all of it. You never really know where it will take you.

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