Horse Nation Staff Writers Share Their New Year’s Resolutions, Presented by Total Saddle Fit

From the silly to the serious, our staff are ready to tackle 2019 and everything it throws our way: check out our New Year’s Resolutions, and share your own in the comments section!


I accomplished a lot of bucket list items in 2018: I got a new horse (well, technically that was in 2017, but I really got to know him in 2018), I returned to the show ring after several years riding recreationally, and I competed in and placed in the top ten at the Retired Racehorse Project’s Thoroughbred Makeover. I intend to keep that momentum going in 2019 by showing more and being a good ambassador for Thoroughbreds in the western world.

I usually set “goals” rather than “resolutions” for myself — and this year, my goals are a little more down-to-earth. I want to renovate my home office, and hopefully get to renovate my barn space as well!

Galloping headlong into 2019. Photo by Amelia Sting


This one’s easy: DO NOT FALL OFF! Also – reach my goals for weight and fitness in 2019.


I aim for more balance in my life by: learning to canter bareback, keep the weight in my heels and my legs beneath me when I jump, to continue to improve my independent seat AND to spend more time doing ANYTHING at the barn in lieu of watching mind-exploding news.


No broken bones, ride more and control my mule-buying urges.


Every year I resolve to accomplish goal x, y, or z. Sometimes I’m successful, but more than often those goals slip into the rearview mirror as the year rolls forward. Sure, sometimes I outright fail at accomplishing my set objectives, but as I’m sure you all know, life is not static or linear. Sometimes life causes goals to be adjusted or change all together.

This year I’m resolving to create habits that help me succeed regardless of how my goals may evolve over the year. I’m resolving to keep my surroundings and mind free of clutter, because clutter is an anxiety-producing productivity killer. I’m resolving to stretch myself daily, in the more literal sense to prevent injury while pursuing my athletic goals, and mentally to expand my perspective. I’m resolving to manage my time in a way that gives me the ability to attack life with everything I’ve got, but also recharge by spending time with friends. I’m resolving to roll with the punches and be adaptable to take advantage of every learning opportunity that may arise in the form of a “problem.” Oh yeah, last but not least,  I’m obviously resolving to ride more because life looks better from the back of a horse.

I resolve to be on top of the world, or at least on top of my horse in 2019. Photo by Biz Stamm.

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