Friday, February 09, 2018

Balancing School and Horses

With school just starting over, I feel that this is a very important post for me to write.   I have learned how to be a good student and balance my education with my riding.  I will not lie... It is tough!  Here are my three tips for balancing school and horses (or whatever takes up your planner!).

SCHEDULE - TIME IS VALUABLE - DON'T FORGET TO RELAX

These are just three simple tips.  You can find lots more on the COTH forum page here.Without a plan, one cannot have a destination.  Without a schedule, one cannot accomplish anything.  ALWAYS plan your schedule ahead of time. Between my phone and my daily planner, I am always scheduling. I write everything in from homework to lessons to blog writing.  It helps keep me organized and on track.  Sometimes my schedule has to vary (More/less homework = more/less riding), but it is certainly a great baseline to have.  You can get a daily planner anywhere (paper or electronic!)

You reach a point in high school when you realize that you can (should) always study.  Whenever I have a few minutes, I like to flip over notes from past classes and occasionally quiz myself.  By giving myself short and easy review sessions, I get a lot more done. In addition, I use my lunch and spare period this semester to eliminate homework.  I am fortunate enough to have an afternoon spare (right after my lunch), so that I can complete anything from my first two classes.

By working all day long, you'are bound to break down (mentally and physically).  I use the barn as my way to relax after school and before homework.  Many people read or watch an episode of TV to relax a bit before they get back to learning. I find that whipping up a chai tea latte and a social media browse does the trick for me.  Relaxation is key to stay mentally fit, both in the classroom and on your horse.