design your own training program

Design Your Own training program

Design Your Own Training Program For Your Horse To Achieve Your Goals.

Whether you have your sites on the Olympic Equestrian Team or are looking to improve your foundation, having a plan is the key to achieving your goals. Designing your own training program for your horse can seem like a huge, difficult task, but it doesn’t have to be. Follow along with this post to learn how you can design your own training program with ease so you can start crushing your goals.

Make A List Of Your Goals

The first thing to do is make a list of your goals. Divide it into two columns – one for goals for you and one for goals for your horse. List out everything that comes to mind, don’t worry about formatting or wording them yet. This should be a “brain dump” of sorts.

Define your goals
Write out your rider goals and horse goals.

Choose Your Top Two And Turn Them Into SMART Goals

If you’re anything like me, your list is a mile long with things you’d like to achieve. While trying to reach all of them is great, start by narrowing the list down to your top two or three from each column. This will make managing your timeline and focus much easier. Once you’ve picked your focus goals it’s time to turn them into smart goals. Smart goals are key when you design your own training program. So what is a smart goal? A smart goal is Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time-Based.

Design your own training program using smart goals
Create SMART goals to guide your training

Use Your SMART Goals To Help Define A List Of Steps

Now that you have a measurable goal, break it down into tasks. What’s the first step? How will you know when you’re ready to move on to the next step? Listing these out will help you create a timeline for reaching your goal.

Break down your goals
Break down your goals into steps / tasks.

Create Target Completion Dates For Each Step

When you design your own training program for you and your horse the most important part is creating target deadlines for each goal. Just like in work and school, deadlines keep us on track and moving forward so that we can reach the end result. These don’t have to be hard dates and can be adjusted based on your progress and schedule. Having an estimated deadline will guide how you spend each ride with your horse in order to complete that step on time.

Create a long term plan for your training program
Create a long term plan for your training program.

Finally, Let Your Long-Term Deadlines Guide Your Weekly Riding Plan

Now that you have set your target deadlines you can use them to guide what you work on each week. For example, let’s say I want to be able to shake a tarp near my horse without her getting nervous by next week. I also want to be able to cross the bridge obstacle by the following week. I would probably spend more time this week working on the tarp rather than the bridge, since the deadline is closer. However, this can vary based on your progress. If my horse is getting really good at the tarp, then I might spend more time on the bridge.

create a weekly riding plan when you design your own training program
Create a weekly riding plan.

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