Three Things You Can Do To­day at The Barn to En­hance Team­work

Practical Horseman - - Inside Your Ride -

1. Make a video sign-up list: Cre­ate a sched­ule where rid­ers can or­ga­nize and com­mit to video­ing each other’s rides. Trad­ing with your friends cre­ates com­mu­nity, re­in­forces that you all have unique and per­sonal goals and es­tab­lishes an en­vi­ron­ment for growth and learn­ing. 2. Set a norm for pos­i­tive re­flec­tion first: Cre­ate a goal where each rider says at least one pos­i­tive com­ment im­me­di­ately after an­other rider com­pletes an ex­er­cise/test/course. Hold­ing each other ac­count­able in a friendly way will boost your trust, con­nec­tiv­ity and good feel­ings about one an­other (as well as en­cour­age the use of ex­cel­lent men­tal skills!). 3. Or­ga­nize fun events: You can all wear blue on Satur­days, bring potluck brunch snacks on the first Sun­day of each month or or­ga­nize a barn movie night to watch a horse-re­lated film. Spend­ing time to­gether will strengthen your pos­i­tive re­la­tion­ships with your barn mates. As a re­sult, these friend­ships will be­come stronger, more re­silient and there­fore bet­ter able to han­dle any rough patches you en­counter at the barn.

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