Keep A Horseback Riding Journal

.Horse Training Journal


Does your Riding Instructor tell you the same thing over and over?  Are you not correcting your mistakes? The best way to tackle these problems is to write it down in a Riding Journal.  Then, think of a way how you can make the correction and write about it.  The best students in school take notes.


I’m a big planner, I like to pay attention to the details especially when training horses.  Even if you are not to the point of  training a horse, but you yourself are in training I would suggest you keep a training journal.


If you don’t want to bring a big journal to the barn, at least bring a pocket one and jot down some notes about your ride.  You may see some similarities that can give you some insight to become a better rider.  Another thing to add to your horse journal is vocabulary words.  As we all know, in the world of horses there is an entire language to learn.  Write down new words and their definitions in your journal.


Types of Journals:

  • Spiral Bound Notebook - this type of journal is cheap and easy.  You can pick one up anywhere, and start writing!
  • Three Ring Binder – This is a great type of journal because you can rearrange it any way you would like.  You can add in training articles that you find online or in magazines.
  • Pocket Notebook - a great little book to keep in your pocket when you ride so that you can jot down notes.
  • Blog – You can blog your riding and training progress and have it as private or as public as you would like!
  • Electronic – Using google docs or Microsoft word, you can make a great electronic journal


Whatever type of journal that you chose doesn’t really matter just as long as you choose one!


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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4 Responses to Keep A Horseback Riding Journal

  1. Sabrina says:

    Great blog entry!! :)

  2. photogchic says:

    My problem…I have about 8 journals, notes scrawled everywhere, notes in my I-phone, in my computer. I write everything down, but I write it everywhere!

  3. dcastro says:

    Thanks Sabrina!

    Photogchic, I do the same thing sometimes! But once it’s written down, it’s in my brain much stronger.

  4. carolyne says:

    i think this is a great helps keep what needs worked on in between rides or lesson. it also helps because I’ll study articles on whatever im working on.If Bubba doesnt want to cross a creek or if he wont cross one way but will cross it coming back a little note serves as a reminder on what i need to keep working on and learning about.If hes popping out his shoulder and i have no one to ask why hes doing that i can research not only the “way” to fix it but the “why” hes doing it in the first place..
    sorry if this repeated..i have a new anti virus program from my internet provider and it wants to stop me from replying cause it shares im info hahaha..sheesh..

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