How is it October already?
For some of us, October means the end of show season. For others, it means it is time for the big year end champ shows. For some October is cooler, nicer riding weather, and the perfect time to enjoy spending time with your horse. For others, we are feeling the chill of fall and impending winter, so we are scrambling to get in rides on our horses before snow arrives.
I find October to be a great time to assess where my Horsemanship Journey has taken me this year.
Have you achieved what you set out to achieve with your horse? If so, great! If not, take some time to examine why. Maybe there were some unavoidable obstacles, like your horse going lame (darn abscesses!). Maybe along the way you realized that whatever you thought you wanted wasn't really what you thought it would be. Maybe you discovered something else. As you review your goals, don't judge-just look objectively at what happened.
Then ask yourself how you truly feel about it.
If you achieved your goals, how do you feel? Are you feeling inspired to keep on going, to set higher goals for next year? Or do you feel a sense of relief that it is over?
If you didn't achieve your goals, look deep inside, and ask if you still want to go after those goals? What are your feelings about where you are right now in your horsemanship journey?
Are you motivated to keep going? Do you feel that your goals are still what you want to go for, and something that you have belief in yourself and your horse that you can achieve, if you put forth the effort?
If your goals are still something that you want to go for, then examine the steps that you need to take to get there. Is the path to your goals possible and practical? Are they realistic goals?
Are there other activities with your horse that you want to try? October is still plenty of time to go after your horsemanship dreams! Sometimes along our journey we discover that the path we are on is not the path that we thought we wanted. It is ok to pivot and try a new trail. Who knows-that new path less traveled might make all the difference for your horsemanship-and life-journey!
P.S. Want help setting your horsemanship goals? Check out my Gritty Rider's Goal Planner and Horsemanship Journal!