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Equestrians share horsey New Year's Resolutions for 2014

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With the new year galloping in, equestrians join the herds of others who make New Year’s resolutions. Are you making horse-related resolutions for the coming year?

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Horse lovers’ New Year’s resolutions may be personal or professional, depending upon our vocations.

We may commit to spend more time with our equine counterparts, improve our horseback riding skills, or take better care of our tack and equipment. We might resolve to budget our finances better, practice better personal fitness, or grow more disciplined in our own diets.

More than a few of us may aim for greater success in various horse show arenas. Perhaps we want to exhibit our horses at higher levels than we have ever competed. Maybe we wish to go out and show a young horse for the first time. Or possibly, we are mustering up the wherewithal to rejoin the ranks of active equestrians – after recovering from a traumatic fall from a trusted mount.

What New Year’s resolutions are horse lovers making this time around?

Pondering these possibilities, let’s look at a few candid responses I received from equestrians across the United States, who shared their own horsey New Year’s resolutions.

Sandrelle of Utah announced a generalized effort with her New Year’s resolution. “I would like to become a better rider and improve my confidence and communication,” she explained. “I’d like to learn how to trailer my horse, try new things, and ride a lot with my friends.”

Franky of Minnesota focused on his equine for his New Year’s resolution. “I’m gonna build more trust with my horse, on the ground and in the saddle,” he answered.

Jennifer of Ohio staked her claim to advancement in the show ring. “I want to be competing at First Level in Dressage,” she said. “This requires conditioning of both my horse and myself, which I do on trails and obstacle courses.”

Katy of Pennsylvania aimed high with her New Year’s resolution. “I told my trainer I will jump three feet with my horse next year.”

Laine of Washington State pointed to mounted adventures for the coming year. “My New Year’s resolution is to ride in a parade and hit the beach with my horse,” she exclaimed.

Terry of Colorado roped in a New Year’s challenge. “I’m planning to start a couple of young colts in the next year. Never did that before, so I guess that counts,” he said.

Patsy of Mississippi offered a personal challenge. “In the coming year, I’m gonna canter my young horse for the first time,” she claimed.

Jessie of Oklahoma stated a goal that may sound small to non-riders, but counts for plenty at showtime. “I gotta cut a few seconds off my barrel runs,” she declared.

Casey of Michigan proclaimed her desire to expand her equestrian boundaries in the next 12 months. “I have made my New Year’s Resolution,” she recounted. “I think it’s something I can easily stick to: Spend as much time trail riding as possible. I have already picked several dates and locations. Who wants to join me and my horse?”

For Christine of Alabama, this year’s goal requires an extra share of gumption. “I have to get back on – after falling off. That’s my New Year’s resolution.”

Casey of Iowa carried a similar theme, but his New Year’s resolution may not depend wholly upon his own efforts or merits. “I mean to ride for the whole year without breaking anything,” he said.

Joanne of Kentucky said, “I want to ride more and bond more closely with my horse, so that we are both feeling fulfilled.”

Marcy of California had a simple, but perhaps profound, New Year’s resolution: “Ride more!”

Amen, sister.

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