As the days grow shorter and the air turns crisp, many horse riders find themselves reflecting on the year that’s passed and setting their sights on the horizons of the year to come. Horses riders are notorious for prioritising their horse’s needs….. However, just as our trusty steeds benefit from regular check-ups, so too do we as riders gain from an annual review. It’s an opportunity to dust off the cobwebs, celebrate our achievements, and set our intentions for the road ahead.
I have recently seen Laura Collett talking about focusing on her fitness over the winter, Ros Canter is heading on tour to educate others, Tom McEwen is giving his horses a break and focusing on his wedding….. It is definitely the time to step back, regroup and be ready for a bigger and better 2024, all the cool kids are doing it!!
In the equestrian world, we understand the significance of having goals—those beacons in the distance that guide our journey. However, there’s something even more powerful than goals alone: intentions and habits. They’re the invisible forces shaping our daily ride, and they deserve a spotlight in our year-end reflections.
This year, why not join me for an “End of Year Mind Muck Out“? At this special event, we’ll unpack the year together, sharing stories, experiences, and, most importantly, our intentions for the upcoming year. It’s not just about your horse and riding; it’s about your journey as a rider and the person you’re becoming.
The Power of Intention
Intentions are like the gentle nudges guiding your ride. They’re not about what you want to achieve; they’re about how you want to experience your journey. Do you intend to be more patient, confident, or empathetic in your interactions with your horse? Maybe you aim to deepen your bond or cultivate a more mindful approach to riding. These intentions become the roots of your riding experience, nourishing every goal you set.
The Magic of Habits
Habits are the rhythm of your ride, the consistent beat of progress. They’re the small, daily actions that pave the way to your goals. Riding regularly, practicing mindfulness, and staying committed to self-improvement are just a few examples of the habits that can lead you to success. Cultivating positive habits ensures that your journey aligns with your intentions.
So, how can you embark on your own end-of-year review as a horse rider? Here are some steps to consider:
1. Reflect on Your Journey: What were the highlights and challenges of the past year? How did you grow as a rider and as an individual?
2. Set Your Intentions: What kind of rider do you want to be? How do you want your horse riding experience to feel?
3. Build Positive Habits: Identify the habits that will support your intentions. Start small and gradually incorporate them into your daily routine.
4. Plan Your Goals: Once your intentions and habits are in place, set specific riding goals for the upcoming year.
As we approach the end of 2023, I invite you to an “End of Year Mind Muck Out.” It’s an opportunity to reflect, share, and shape your intentions and habits for the new year. Let’s make 2024 the year where your journey truly aligns with your heart’s desires.
Join me for the “End of Year Mind Muck Out” on Thursday, December 28th, 2023, at 6:00 PM on Zoom. I’ll guide you through the process, share insights, and create a supportive community for your journey.
In the world of horse riding, an end-of-year review is more than just a tradition; it’s a compass that guides your path. Goals are important, but intentions and habits are the underlying forces that truly shape your experience. Let’s embark on this annual ritual together, ensuring that the next year of riding brings fulfilment, growth, and harmony in the saddle. 🌄🐴🌟