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SmartPaker Riley’s 2021 Phrase of the 12 months

If this final yr taught me something, it’s that I’ve no management what might occur in a single yr, and even one month. But we nonetheless need life to return to the brand new regular. For me, my regular is developing annually with a particular “phrase of yr” and to set a pair targets in a couple of totally different elements of my life. One among them being with my horse in fact!

Earlier than diving into this subsequent yr, I at all times like to look again and see what I’ve achieved prior to now yr. In August 2020, I bought my first Mustang, Gryphon. Now primarily I’ve labored with Quarter Horses within the western cow horse and reining occasions, however I at all times had the dream to begin and prepare my very own Mustang. I used to be in between horses and the chance got here as much as buy this younger boy and it couldn’t have been extra good!
From groundwork to our first rides, the previous few months have been crammed with instructing Gryphon the fundamentals of being a horse and to get pleasure from driving and dealing collectively. A number of issues I’ve find out about him is that he enjoys smiling for treats, rolling in comfortable grime, and exhibiting off his good and charming character. In such a short while he has study to belief me and win the hearts of many at our barn.
With realizing that we’re nonetheless younger the targets for this subsequent yr might be small steps in the direction of larger issues. Truthfully, I wish to discover out what he’s good at and what he enjoys doing greater than something. In 2021, we might be making an attempt just a little little bit of every little thing!
Objective 1: Working a cow. Since my consolation zone is working cattle and ranching, I hope to begin Gryphon round cattle and getting him out on a ranch. Proper now, when he sees a cow throughout the fence, he thinks it will eat him! We now have a number of work to do on this space however nothing that we can not accomplish.
Objective 2: A path trip not less than as soon as a month. Exposing him to new environments is extraordinarily vital at his age and proper now he’s very snug with being at dwelling. I hope to trailer out not less than as soon as a month to a brand new path in our native space. Plus, I’ve such a wanderlust soul that exploring on horseback is one in every of my favourite actions! Sometime horse tenting for lengthy interval of instances might be in our future, however till then we’ll get pleasure from our  native endeavors.
Objective 3: Enhance his consideration span. With Gryphon being solely three, he has the eye span of a toddler. Focusing for longer durations of instances will be troublesome. A aim I’ve for us is to study and train Gryphon tips on how to bow. I’ve by no means taught a horse this, however I feel it will be enjoyable social gathering trick and it will assist train Gryphon to focus. He has picked up all the opposite groundwork very quick, however this might be a problem one for him since this takes time, persistence, and repetition.
Objective 4: Try leaping. Sure, you learn proper, this cowgirl needs to attempt some English! I don’t wish to push Gryphon into this too early so my plan is to begin taking classes on a special horse to study. Whereas this isn’t a aim precisely with Gryphon, it has been a BIG horse aim of mine! As nicely I hope someday Gryphon might be a leaping mustang!
Lastly, yearly I consider one phrase that I wish to resemble and deal with throughout that yr. With 2020 being troublesome for many people, it’s a good time to begin refresh and consider one thing optimistic to shoot for. With a lot thought I’ve provide you with the phrase, “Grace”. To some this brings up the thought of magnificence and whereas I attempt to try to enhance my clumsiness, I take note of a special which means. Grace to me is at all times about forgiveness and accepting individuals or horses for who they’re. It has been exhausting shifting from the present world I used to be accustomed to, the place pedigree issues, to a mustang with nearly no background to talk of. The place I’m from, there could be a sure stigma behind proudly owning a mustang that many present individuals look down on. I’m not on a mission to disprove anybody however to study to retrain my thoughts {that a} good horse is an effective horse. I’ve accepted Gryphon for who he’s and love him for it. I’m engaged on instructing him with respect so we will construct an enduring relationship collectively that we each can get pleasure from.  He actually has potential to be a particular horse and I’m so excited to see the place this yr takes us!
-SmartPaker Riley

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