In my methodology, I teach the importance of physical, mental and emotional fitness for horse and rider. By definition, fitness is
“The state or condition of being physically sound and healthy, especially as the result of regular exercise…”
The key part here is “as the result of…”, and my point is that “fitness” in horses is work. It requires making the time to address things you’d like to improve and following through. Don’t be afraid to make it fun and add your imagination to make things interesting. If the task seems to large, break it down into smaller pieces and more achievable goals. Set yourself and your horse up for success by making a flexible plan, then going to work. To add the fun, find some great music to listen to while you work. Instead of watching the clock, time yourself to a couple of songs, or use the music as a way to keep your attitude happy and good. To track your work, you could make a progress chart and give you (and your horse) a reward when reaching milestones. Also, think about having a buddy who could help you be accountable for doing what you say you were going to do. You can encourage each other along the way.
Some say success with horse is luck, I say it is work with intention. Put a little effort in and I believe you will be surprised by the results!