The end of the year is a time when horse championships and competitions stop. Some horse owners struggle to find ways to engage with their horses during this time. Post-horse show season is a good time to reflect on the year just past, set goals for the coming year, and find new ways to enjoy time spent with your horse.
Reflect on the Activities of This Past Horse Show Season
Think back on the year that you’ve just had with your horse. What were your favorite moments? What competitions did you enjoy the most? What disappointments did you face? Now that the hustle and bustle of the competitive season is over, this is a good time to reflect on recent events and make plans for the coming year. Ask yourself what experiences you’d like to repeat, what should be changed and how you and your horse can improve. Set goals for the next competitive season. Once the goals are set, make a timeline for achieving those goals.
Try Something New With Your Horse
Winter is a good time to learn new tricks and try new challenges with your horse. Learning new skills is a great way for you to enjoy your time with your horse while also helping your horse hone his or her talents. Doing this may help you learn something new about what you and your horse can do over this winter break.
You may have been putting off some of your horse’s veterinary care for the off-season. Now is the time to get your horse’s therapies, dental work, injury treatments and other important medical needs addressed.
Remember that poor health can impact your horse’s performance and moods, which can make training more difficult and may even impact his or her ability to compete next year. Even if you’re not aware of problems with your horse’s health, schedule an appointment with the veterinarian. Your horse’s veterinarian will be able to diagnose any conditions your horse may have, and can also make recommendations for treatments as needed.
Take a Break from Horse Related Activities
Taking a break from your horse will give you time to read up on competition strategies and horse training techniques. When you return to your horse in the spring, you’ll feel renewed interest and enthusiasm spending time with your horse. This is an especially effective technique for dealing with your horse if he or she is also recovering from medical conditions.
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