Goal Setting For The New Year

Goal setting is a wonderful thing and with a new year starting it’s the perfect time to create new riding goals and re-evaluate old ones.  
There are three types of goals that I like to set:

  1. Short Term – Basically that is my to do list.
  2. Long Term – These are my goals that will take one to five years to accomplish.
  3. Lifetime – These are goals that will take my lifetime to achieve.



Every time I write down my goals, they come to fruition.  When I don’t write them down they are just a wish that usually doesn’t come true.  


As a riding instructor, sometimes I have one idea for my students, and they have another.  They can tell me what they would like to accomplish, but it is much better for me if they write down their goals and share them with me.  I may be teaching someone to ride and ride well, but not realize that their goal has changed and they would like to compete with their horse.  When I have a clear idea of the students goal I can better tailor the lesson plan to fit the individual goal.  It’s always a good idea to keep the communication open with your trainer so that they know which direction they need to take with you in to help you achieve your goals.
Even if you write down your horseback riding (or general) goals and tuck them away in a notebook, that is better than not writing them down at all.  


I like to keep a dream board, I have been doing that since I was a teenager.  I write my most important goals and post them along with pictures of what I would like to accomplish.  This is kind of funny immature, but once, I got so frustrated with my goals that I ripped my dream board into pieces and shoved it under my bed and kept it there for a year.  When I finally decided to piece it back together, I couldn’t believe it but every thing on that board had been fulfilled but one.  I realized the power in writing down goals was still strong even when they were ripped to shreds.  

If your goal is to own your own horse, become a top competitor, or to own your dream farm, it’s a new year and anything can happen.  Write your goals down or make your own dream board and you will achieve them all.

Happy New Year! 


About Deanna Castro

Deanna Castro has been training horses and riders professionally for over 18 years. She trains riders in Horsemanship, Western Pleasure, Showmanship and Trail Riding. Deanna is married to Native American Horse Trainer Fredi Castro and she is the author of "Six Weeks to a Better Horse".
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One Response to Goal Setting For The New Year

  1. For me, goals end up being my business plan. I have to keep that up for my records and they seem to go hand in hand.

    Wishing You a Happy New Year!

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