Readers Resolve to do Better in 2011

More than 330 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "Did you fulfill for your horsey resolution for 2010?"

results of poll on new year�s resolutions

Results were as follows:

  • It's an ongoing resolution: 40.95% (138)
  • Yes: 29.97% (101)
  • No: 29.08% (98)

Readers shared their resolutions with their horses in the comments below.

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  • My goal each year is to trail ride somewhere new, and I've been doing so.
  • I passed my Parelli Level 2 on-line tasks, now I want to pass my Level 2 riding tasks.
  • My horse recovered from a 90% tear of a Hind DDFT! Miraculous!
  • Buy a safe, sound, horse. Not easy to find. 90% are unsound.
  • Had hoped to take two stallions to a major show, but injured my back and had to cancel :(
  • still no tme to ride more often!
  • manage my pasture grazing better
  • 2'9" circuit championship for baby greenie!
  • To ride More!!!!
  • i said i wouldnt break my arm again...but i did. It is NEVER happening AGAIN!!!
  • I bought a horse!
  • Our resolution was to create and build suitable paddock/stable, and bring our horses home from board
  • Be the best horsey mom I can be
  • I started him when he turned two and now at almost three, he is a pleasure to ride.
  • ongoing....I want to ride/spend more time training them
  • New Barn
  • To become more involved in other aspects of the horse world than just riding and training.
  • I resolved to compete my rescue horse, and my year as a working student allowed that to happen!
  • Ride more, shovel less!
  • To learn to better communicate with my horses.
  • Educate people on the horrors of horse slaughter and the BLM mismanagement of our American mustangs.
  • It is so hard to keep up with the place and find time to ride regulary but I'm trying
  • I convinced owners to retire 9-year old gelding racehorse to life of relaxation & treats. Yay!
  • To ride more often
  • Rescued 3 more horses this year with very limited money all got great new homes
  • proper weight and hoof care
  • My goal was to raise a foal. I spent the rest of the year caring for my mare's c-section site.
  • rescued a horse from slaughter!!
  • Lack of time and money in this economy. Had to work extra hard to afford the horses.
  • 2010 not as planned. Starting 2011 w/ Centered Riding & Dressage lessons @ age 57 with my MFT. .
  • To start my four year old gelding under saddle.
  • I wanted to ride my horse at Second Level Dressage
  • Ride more often!
  • Instead of downsizing, we rescued three more....
  • to achieve 10,000 km with my current endurance horse.
  • Not yet, so I will continue to buy my Mega Millions tickets through December 31st... and into 2011!
  • Record--breaking temps in AZ last summer, got out of riding habit!
  • I did not start or complete a 100 mile endurance ride
  • Devoted my year to studying Parelli but only achieved part of my three-part goal; still Level 3
  • did not ride enough
  • I was the first British person to ride in our local fiesta in Menorca on my stallion Volcan
  • Did not have one for 2010, but do for 2011!
  • Some I accomplished and some I didn't
  • I changed jobs and thought I'd have more time, but I still don't!
  • I only rode twice this year :(
  • To get my mar ein optimum condition for breeding next spring
  • currently riding my 2 year old!
  • I selected 'on going' as I need to continue working on my OTTBs canter and transitios.
  • My aim was to relocate my horse to a better stable with a good trainer.
  • At the age of 63 I competed in cutting for the first time!
  • Never enough time to make them come true!
  • to show an ex-roper QH gelding in dressage successfully
  • I have learned how to jump my 6 year old thoroughbred.
  • My resolution was to ride all summer but ended up with grandkids for 3 months. Rain time now.....
  • Get my homebound horse out on a trail ride.
  • I improved my placing in shows on my trainer's horse; this year I will show my own mare.
  • weather interferred with riding
  • I set my goal to ride 2000 miles and visit many historical sites. I rode 2530 miles I got to ride th
  • Get them out on the trails more.
  • I purchased the TW that I have been needing due to a bad back. He is great!!!!!!
  • rode more than last year!
  • horse came up lame day of huge futurity
  • My annual resolution (horsey or otherwise) is NOT TO SUFFER FOOLS GLADLY. Idiot avoidance - works!
  • to become a better rider
  • I continue to improve the partnership w/my horse & communication. Had a breakthru for me.
  • Lost 135 lbs so far
  • planned to hit the big trails once a month...didn't happen
  • Get my mares in foal. Yippee, success.
  • HAVE AN OTTB AND WFANTED TO GO TO SOME SMALL SHOWS AND SCHOOL. HE DID WELL
  • To improve my team penning/sorting from prev year. Ended year winning more $ than previous year.
  • After 2 total knee replacements, I am now happily back in the saddle again!!!
  • Wanted to do more with our 4 and 5 year olds
  • Finally purchased a Tennessee Walker
  • AQHA Trail riding hours not met.
  • Wanting to win a World Championship before my horse retires.
  • to complete in my first event!
  • We lost our 3 year old colt this summer because of laminitis. We did not get to finish our new year
  • RIDE MORE !!
  • No. Was to save up so fall hay cost would be easier. Vet bill happened instead. =(
  • Wasn't able to show and travel as much as I like due to the poor economy...but 2011 will be much bet
  • I was overly ambitious!
  • My Gelding has to be bomb proof seriously!
  • I bought my own place and no longer have to board my horses
  • to ride more, start sooner in the spring
  • continue my education to become a better horseman :-) and have a better partnership with my horse

About the Author

Megan Arszman

Megan Arszman received a Bachelor of Science In print journalism and equine science from Murray State University in Murray, Ky., and loves combining her love of horses, photography, and writing. In her “free time,” when she’s not busy working as a horse show secretary or riding her American Quarter Horses on her parents’ Indiana farm, she’s training and competing her Pembroke Welsh Corgi and Swedish Vallhund in dog agility and running.

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