Track Your Development as a Rider
Having a written record of your learning and development as a rider is priceless. By journaling your growing knowledge, horsemanship, and ability as a rider, you’ll be able to look back and see your progress over the years. This is invaluable in the sport of horseback riding, where so often we can work for days and weeks and even months on end without seeing sudden significant progress. Being able to look back and see your development through your own words can really drive home just how far you have come, which can be especially important and comforting on days when riding just doesn’t seem to be going well.
Mark Important Days and Significant Achievements
Do you remember the first time you trotted a horse? How about the first time you jumped? Your first trail ride? Depending on how long ago these events happened, they may be starting to fade from your memory. By writing about them, you’ll be able to relive them and reflect on them and how much they meant to you as a rider. Reading your journal entries can take you back to the excitement and elation you felt on special days in your riding career.
Record Information on Your Horse’s Physical Condition
It can be hard to remember little bumps and bruises that your horse has here and there, but months or years later those little ailments might be significant. As you chronicle your journey with your horse through a riding journal, you’re also creating a pretty detailed record of your horse’s health and any physical issues. This can be a valuable tool in looking back at your horse’s physical history over the years.
Chronicle Your Relationship with Your Horse
Relationships with horses are funny things. They’re constantly developing, deepening, and changing. Your relationship with your horse five years ago is very different from your relationship with him today. Reading over your journal entries will drive that home and help you to see just how much you and your horse have developed. Our time with our horses is precious - when we no longer have our horses with us, our journals chronicling our journeys with them become very precious.
And don’t forget, journals provide great ways to remind yourself of the wise words of your trainers and of lessons that you need to remember. Are you keeping a riding journal yet? If not, are you going to start?
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