We may all secretly giggle at the swarms of people chanting 'new year, new me', but realistically we could all do with some good ideas for 2016…

We're now a week into the New Year and we bet a few of you have already broken your resolutions? Thought so. Well, don't worry – H&H's Emma Shadbolt has put together a list of 'new you' goals, that you should actually stick to.

Keep on top of your tack

It’s not just you and your horse that suffers in the cold, wet weather! Show your tack some TLC by keeping it dry, warm and supple this winter. Not only is it then smart and ready for any last minute shows, but also regular, thorough cleaning adds years to your horse’s wardrobe.

Become the dressage diva you’ve always dreamed of

As nice as it would be to become the next Charlotte Dujardin, this isn’t in all of our stars unfortunately. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t put your horse’s dancing shoes on! Head to some dressage clinics and polish up your moves, ready to make 2016 your year. How about these?

Ditch your insecurities

Everyone can suffer from a case of pre-show nerves, but if yours are holding you back why not enroll on a riders confidence course and find the courage to get back in the saddle (pun intended). These look great…

Finally get that tail white

Don’t worry fellow grey owners, we’ve all been there. The ‘old you’ should just accept that there are certain times in the year when your horse resembles something out of swamp, rather than a shining show pony… however the ‘new you’ shouldn’t let that stop you! Bulk buy shampoo, scrub until he gleams and be the envy of your fellow competitors. Why not show him off at a local show? 

Practice for the season

Too much mud is no longer a valid excuse when it comes to getting your cross-country schooling in. Get a group of friends together and give arena cross-country a go. It’s fun and is a good way to get ready for the season ahead. Check this one out. 

Get an online pony planner

The definition of organised is getting your pony his own online planner. We’re not joking. Equo saves all of your show dates, clinics and results! This way you can stick to your plans while tracking your improvements and goals. Give it a go!

Try something new

A classic New Years resolution, but what’s actually stopping you? Book a horsey holiday to look forward to, try your hand at a new discipline, discover a new hacking route or try moving up a level when out competing. Here’s an event to try.

Good luck with your new, New Years resolutions! 

To view more upcoming events that you can enter in the New Year check out Equo!