I’d like to address goal setting. This time each year I like to review what I’ve accomplished with my own horses and others I work with. I also like to think about any of my own personal training or riding goals that I have achieved. I think if you reflect on your past year, you can often see a huge improvement from where you were 12 months before (think about that for a minute). I then like to think about what I’d like to work on in the upcoming year. Things I’d like to improve in my own riding, in my horses training, or anything at all that may need work. Winter is a great time to fine tune things and also “ground play” with your horse for fun or respect or both. I take this time to play a lot with my horses because our show season is suspended for a while and it’s FUN!. I work minimally on show stuff and shift the emphasis to playing, learning new things and possibly studying different methods. That is why I am really looking forward to our workshop with our own Bonnita Roy to learn some new ways to interact our horses. I will blog about that after we do it in february. If you find that you have somehow “gone backwards” or your horse has. Then try to make a plan to get back on track. Maybe find a trainer to work with or a DVD or book that focuses on your type of goal or issue. Good luck in the new year!