The New Year is here, and all across the world, people are resolving to make improvements in their lives. We asked our Facebook fans to share their horse-related resolutions for 2014. Some of their ideas are below. Got an idea to share? Click “Submit a Comment” at the bottom of this page and tell us how you’re going to make this year your best year yet.
— Naomi L.
I hope to certify my miniature horse, Pongo, to become a therapy horse and visit schools and hospitals to help people. I already take him to pet events and everywhere I can.
— Mindy A.
My resolution is to help the younger kids at the barn to learn something new about horses. I plan to encourage them to try showing and improve their horsey skills because they are the future of the riding world. There is nothing better than seeing a young rider smiling when they have learned something new on a horse.
— Riley S.
I am quite a crafty person and used to make various things. I am going to make a lot more this year, rent a booth at the Christmas craft show, sell my stuff and donate all the money to a horse rescue group.
— April K.
My mare and I resolve to improve our fitness levels, tone up and lose some extra pounds (15 for me and about 100 for her!)
— Pamela S.
My new year’s resolution is to pay more attention to my 23-year-old gelding’s health. I want to keep him happy and healthy for as long as I can. I want to remember to take it a little slower and just let him have fun after all his years of hard work.
— Hannah S.
I hope to finally become a first time horse owner this year after years of riding other peoples’ horses. Also, I will complete my PATH therapeutic riding instructor certification. After all, 2014 is the year of the horse. Good things are to come!
— Tanya S.
I am going to get over my fear of cantering and trust my horse!
— Ellen F.
After growing up riding horses, I have spent the last 10 years on a hiatus while I finished school and had my three amazing kids. This year I have made a promise to fill the void in my soul that has been left since I haven’t had horses in my life.
— Marissa F.
I spend a lot of time with my horses at the barn, but I would say that I resolve to spend more time riding them. It’s not easy to do all the chores, work full time and ride.
— Marie-Justine R.
I’m going to start my rescued Arabian over jumps. He had to gain a lot of weight and I had to lose some, but we’ve worked together and are almost there!
— Lizah M.
I’m pursuing my goal of pro barrel racing and making it to more rodeos and improving my times and performance.
— Lauren S.
Getting back into the show ring after a four year hiatus. I’m not looking to get a ribbon or even place, just looking forward to hanging out with great people doing what I love to do.
— Maggie M.
I resolve this year to get to the point that I can start jumping. Maybe one day I will catch up to my daughter! I dreamed about owning and really riding horses my whole life—not just trail rides on other people’s horses whenever I could grab the chance. My husband and I made those dreams come true and have focused on helping my daughter reach her goals, but now that she is well on her way, I want to start making my dreams come true too.
— Terry D.