Questions to ask looking to 2022

Hey, it’s Barb and Nic, and it’s a beautiful autumn day here in Texas.

I want to take a few minutes and talk about this time of year. It’s such a perfect time to think about 2022 – what we want to accomplish – why we want to achieve it – and what success looks like. Then – what is our path to get there?


VIDEO TRANSCRIPT:
Hey, it’s Barb and Nic, and it’s a beautiful autumn day here in Texas.

I want to take a few minutes and talk about this time of year. It’s such a perfect time to think about 2022 – what we want to accomplish – why we want to achieve it – and what success looks like. Then – what is our path to get there?

I think about new beginnings first regarding the what and why as such essential pieces to ponder.

We tend to think about the logistics of the path, like – where we’ll take lessons – how we’re going to be coached – and who is going to train our horse.

That’s important, but start with the foundation of determining what brings you joy (why do you even ride?)

Then ponder, what is it that you need technically? What does your horse need technically? How will you get each of you improving in the areas that need improving – and then how will you get the connection between the two of you going?

Does your horse stay calm and focused? How will you think in empowering ways and use your body in ways that call up confidence? You’ll need to hone your horse’s mental and emotional skills along with your own.

So again, I think of planning to shore up our needs, our horse’s needs, and then blend them.

It’s the holiday season – such an exciting time of the year. For the next few weekly videos, we’ll take one of these pieces and look at it. I’ll share my perspectives about each one with you.

For today, what I’d like you to think about is what you’d like to accomplish in 2022. It should be something that makes you so happy.

Why do you want that? What is your purpose in riding? Then what’s most important to you as you start to make choices?

So there you have it. That’s your assignment.

I’d love for you to share these things with me in the comments.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll think about the different pieces for 2022 and by the beginning of the year, you’ll be ready to Rock and Roll!

Leave a comment!

Bye-bye.

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25 Comments on Questions to ask looking to 2022

  1. Deb Perse on Sun, 28th Nov 2021 2:23 pm
  2. For the new year, I have moved out of state and unfortunately have to change trainers plus look for another horse (sold last one due to medical issues).It has been 49 years since I was horseless but thankfully my health is ready to let ride again. I was with the previous trainer for 12 years and 4 horses. Trainers are scarce in Florida and I need some guidance in finding a new trainer and another horse Any thoughts and/or suggestions.
    Happy Trails
    Deb

  3. Elizabeth Berryman on Sun, 28th Nov 2021 3:15 pm
  4. Have had a hipreplacement on the 24 November so I am just resting and rehabilitation than I want a better connection with my horse so I was thinking lots of walk and ground sections would there be anything else I cuold do without the riding part

  5. Belinda Shuler on Sun, 28th Nov 2021 3:29 pm
  6. I am looking forward to improving in 2022, as the last couple of years have been a bit trying. Accomplishing a flying lead change, is my goal this year. He has been with 2 different trainers and he isn’t doing it yet sooooo I am going to work diligently to get it done. He was a reject when I bought him and I fell in love with him. I keep telling myself and him it’s like the little train who could.
    Thank you for all your encouragement I enjoy your videos and emails
    Best regards
    Belinda

  7. Nancy Gallion on Sun, 28th Nov 2021 4:36 pm
  8. Thank you for this message. My goal for next year is to just get used to my new horse. He is young and in a new environment so lots of riding and maybe some clinics later in the year. Looking forward to getting to know him better and our long term relationship with each other. Eventually we will show but that will come down the road! Appreciate your words and wisdom 😊. Nancy

  9. Kathy on Sun, 28th Nov 2021 5:17 pm
  10. I enjoy listening to your comments and the things you give us to think about. I took most of 2021 off due to breast cancer and I’m looking forward to getting out on the trail again in 2022. I’ve joined a FB group that keeps track of the trails and miles you’ve ridden. Hoping to get at least 150 miles in the books.

  11. Kathy Kelly on Sun, 28th Nov 2021 5:18 pm
  12. I enjoy listening to your comments and the things you give us to think about. I took most of 2021 off due to breast cancer and I’m looking forward to getting out on the trail again in 2022. I’ve joined a FB group that keeps track of the trails and miles you’ve ridden. Hoping to get at least 150 miles in the books.

  13. laurel laba on Sun, 28th Nov 2021 6:35 pm
  14. Looking forward to 2022! This year was a good year and I accomplished my goals . Next year I want to step up my game and move up from boxing to the box/drive/box/drive classes. To be able to go this successfully, I need to develop a relationship with a cowhorse trainer in my area where I can practice on cattle. Working on that! In the meantime, I am thinking about the “why” piece of all of this. i need think about my motivation being internal rather than external .

  15. Vicki Rodriguez on Sun, 28th Nov 2021 7:52 pm
  16. Great things to consider for 2022…. so many things that I want to improve on for myself, as well as for my colt, to figure out what direction we should go in that will suit us both….

  17. Rob on Sun, 28th Nov 2021 8:42 pm
  18. Hi Barbra: The biggest change for me will be retirement from my day job in May. If can’t wait I will have the time fir activities that make me shine inside. I am toying with the idea of going to Canada for a month long bit, spur, buckle, and engraving school. Enoch will go too, I found super nice horse facility near the school, and the people are really nice, I just need to figure the finances out. I want to do one show in Canada while there. We also plan to do the Sun Circuit, and Mother’s Day circuit, 2022 will be a big year for Enoch and me. Later

  19. Roz on Sun, 28th Nov 2021 9:10 pm
  20. Love 💕 how you’ve put all this together Barbra – so good receiving such positive info. Want to plan and set goals for 2022 – realising how far we have come and appreciating that.
    Goals – Teaching Zig the Spanish Walk, flying changes, driving Smokey and getting a dressage lesson even once a month.
    Doing competition events close by because I don’t like busy roads that get clogged up on the weekends.
    Going camping with horses and friends 🐎This year we managed only 2 camps.
    Reminding myself to be consistent, decisive and fun 🤩 🤗
    I really enjoyed your steps with Dr Jim – reassuring and interesting. I am retired which did take a while to get used to but certainly am never bored. Try to keep fit with yoga and tennis etc – just not quite as quick as was once!!!! 🤩🙏🐎🤗👍💕
    Also love reading everyone else’s comments ✔️💕

  21. Roz on Sun, 28th Nov 2021 9:14 pm
  22. Hi Kathy good on you ✔️👍🐎🤗
    Also, would love to know more about your FB group measuring your ride distances.

  23. Helene Rubin on Sun, 28th Nov 2021 9:36 pm
  24. I want to continue on my path of learning to canter fear free and anxiety free, so that my horse Malachi and i can learn to communicate and understand one another better. We are on a positive path because of your Well Connected class and having an excellent trainer who has the same values and goals as i do and that you express in all of your videos. I am looking forward in 2022 to becoming a better rider technically and emotionally for myself and Malachi. Looking into the future i would like to help him become more spook free so we are comfortable at the barn and on trail rides. I would also like to expand our horizons even more by learning dressage. Thank you for being such a positive light in our journey🥰

  25. Julie Catenacci on Mon, 29th Nov 2021 8:31 am
  26. For 2022, I would just like to understand mares and why mine hates the world…ugh!

  27. Dawn on Mon, 29th Nov 2021 7:57 pm
  28. In June of 2020, I went to Pinto World Show and did fairly well for my first time. In 2022, I plan to take my horse to The Color Breed Congress in November. One of the classes I truly love is trail. We aren’t as proficient as I would like us to be, so my goal for 2022 is to work really hard and smart on trail obstacles. I want us to feel confident and comfortable on a trail course.

  29. Carol Bloom on Mon, 29th Nov 2021 8:42 pm
  30. I want my 8 yr old mare LittleChum to feel calm and connected as we continue our journey riding together as evidenced in a soft and supple response toward each other.
    1. Continue lessons
    2. Maintain soundness
    3. Learn calm cantering
    4. Encourage and support other riders at the stable.

  31. Carol on Mon, 29th Nov 2021 8:44 pm
  32. I want my 8 yr old mare LittleChum to feel calm and connected as we continue our journey riding together as evidenced in a soft and supple response toward each other.
    1. Continue lessons
    2. Maintain soundness
    3. Learn calm cantering
    4. Encourage and support other riders at the stable.

  33. Carol Johnson on Tue, 30th Nov 2021 10:16 am
  34. The other night it came to me and today you asked the question. What do I want for 2022. Besides the love and health of my family I had a strong (vision)thought two nights ago while reviewing all of your lessons. I want to start my last horse, my youngest. He is an adult horse, mature. I have three of his brothers plus seven other horses that I’ve bred, foaled and raised, except for one older mare. This is becoming a big GOAL for me and him. This fall his mother died, 32. Also my babysitter, mentor and teacher Ginger, 23 died. Both unexpectantly. I gave them a good life. True, fair, honest and loving. But they are missed. There are several green broke horses here that I need to work with. But Yukon has had nothing but ground work and never saddled. I started most of my horses with Ray Hunt. Ray is my mentor for horses and life. For the last gelding I want to travel about 3 hours and work four days with a person I consider a horseman, I trust him. Between now and June I will bring Yukon closer to me getting on him and riding, feeling him move the saddle underneath me. No one around here knows this yet. I want to move forward with the horse, safely. I’ve had lots of broken bones and none due to horses! I am just active and don’t want to get hurt anymore. I am 79, retired from teaching, married and living the dream I had growing up on the streets of Seattle. What I am lacking is confidence. You have already helped a great deal.

  35. Carol MacGregor on Tue, 30th Nov 2021 1:33 pm
  36. Hi Barb, I always feel a “peace” when listening to you speak on any subject. You truly have a “winsome” way in which you communicate to others–you are so very encouraging that “anyone” can make progress with their horse in some manner or another. Thank you for that!! I’ll have to really “think” about some achievable goals for myself and my horses. 🙂

  37. Simone Marshall on Tue, 30th Nov 2021 1:55 pm
  38. Hi Barb, For 2022 I would like to be able to take my three year old into some classes, have him be calm and collected And have both of us enjoy the experience! With my 16-year-old, my goal for myself is to win the novice amateur roping! My goal for my horse is for him to enjoy showing more becalm and collected and have a good experience in the show ring! Thank you for your insight and mental awareness !

  39. Barbra Schulte on Wed, 1st Dec 2021 9:18 am
  40. I love all of these comments. Thank you for sharing! You all are inspiring me!

  41. Barbra Schulte on Wed, 1st Dec 2021 9:19 am
  42. I love all these comments. Thank you for sharing! You all are inspiring me!

  43. Jan Koval on Sun, 5th Dec 2021 3:11 pm
  44. We lost some ground this year with all the smoke from fires this summer, so next year I would like to pursue the goals I had THIS year for my 4-year old.
    1. Continue developing him as a solid trail horse.
    2. Continue his training with Mounted Posse and enter at least one event.
    3. Western Dressage
    4. Introduce him to camping.
    For my 21 year old mare that retired from a therapy riding program, I’ll be getting her back into light work with the Posse and maybe trail trials. With my 20 year old gelding-and solid trail horse–explore some new trails with him (but not like he used to) and go camping again. It’s going to be a busy 2022. 🙂

  45. Mayra Segovia on Mon, 6th Dec 2021 11:45 am
  46. What is mounted posse?

  47. Mayra on Mon, 6th Dec 2021 12:05 pm
  48. This past February, I bought my 13 year old retired ranch horse JJ. He’s a sweet very willing kind gelding. He was being used as a school horse for about a year.
    I’m new to horsemanship, as a child I was introduced to horses & I fell in love w/them. I promised myself when I retire I will own my very own horse. My wish came true. I love my horse & for the few months we have been together, I feel we have a very good connection. He’s very attentive, kind & careful w/me. He picks up my unsureness but, he looks back at me almost like to reassure me. My goal for 2022 is to be able to reassure myself & him. To be able to ride together on our property w/ease, enjoyment & relaxation.
    My Trainor tells me he still has triggers & that he needs 6 months of rehabilitation for him let go of his old memories. I need to keep working w/him & her in order for him to be a safe trail riding partner. Thank you for ur comment on, everyone is different & we’re all on different paths w/ourselves & our horses. There’s no time limit on when only that ur both enjoying & learning together & keep developing ur understanding of what you both want & need to reach ur goals..thank you, Mayra & JJ Segovia

  49. Sandy Crawford on Mon, 6th Dec 2021 7:19 pm
  50. During this time in my life, you are helping me refocus my thoughts and direct my steps to a different direction. For possibly the first time in my life, I’m considering me first.
    My young horse has made me scramble to learn how to teach him. Humbling. Thank you for your sound advice.

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