Updated: Sep 9, 2018
How do you make the most of your day?
I think you all can agree that having horses can be a huge time commitment aside from the amount of money it costs to have them. We spend every day with them either for 30 minutes to feed them or for 3 hours riding and cleaning. But we do it because we have a passion for it and can’t imagine doing anything else with our day.
But on the flip side we have other obligations or things we want to accomplish in that day. To ensure you have time to do everything you need to, you have to have a plan and stick to it. What is it exactly you want to do with your day? What with your horses? What must you accomplish?
The biggest thing I found when it comes to horses is planning out what you are going to do THAT DAY and set goals for yourself and a time limit. I used to find myself spending hours in the barn just dilly dallying around taking my time, but my time is valuable now. Every day before you go out to the barn, plan out exactly what you need to do, and think of it as a daily goal you set every time. It can be extremely simple like, trot for 10 minutes and then do this drill 4x, etc.
This helped me the most when riding, I would hop on and just do a little bit of everything and be on anywhere from 10 minutes to 2 hours depending on the day. Then I started picking out 3 things I wanted to accomplish in my ride, once I finished it I would get off and call it a day.
I swear this was only the beginning to saving my time and making my days more efficient with my horses. We all are busy, so mine as well work smarter not harder!