Originally Posted by MangoRoX87
No, I respect the people that actually work their way up to get where they are.
And it's hard to focus on you and your horse when you go to a rodeo, maybe to just have fun with your horse or to get your horse used to it, and they give you dirty looks, brag about how much their horse is worth and how much they've won and blah blah blah, and actually TELL you your horse is worth dirt. Sorry if yeah, I DO seem jealous, maybe because I have a weak opinion of myself as it is and they make it all the more worse....
Don't let them bring you down. If they are giving you crap toss a saucy comment back and walk away. Don't bring yourself down to their level, they are purposely saying that stuff to get you down. At least you know that you work for what you have and you should be proud of that. Believe me, I wasn't handed the best barrel horse to begin with and I lost A LOT. Sierrams1123 is the perfect person to ask about the start of my barrel racing career. I sucked. But I worked my butt off and talked to top trainers in my area. I worked with my horses and saved my money. I put Hickory into semi-retirement when I saved up some money and still had to get a loan to buy Nikki. Now that I have had her two years and I'm "with" her, we have taken each other to the top, and I'll admit, I'm not the best in the state by far. By I'm D**** proud of myself and my horses because I know I am the reason I have gotten this far. Not because of someone buying me a fully trained and winning barrel horse to start out with...and now I've recently gotten Lark as my just cloverleaf and arena race horse. Do you know how I managed that? Working my butt off again to be able to afford her and I've become a better rider starting on something like Hickory who didn't know a barrel from a football to begin with, then moving to Nikki who knew what she was doing and taught me to trust her and let her do her job..Lark is a whole new ball park. I have to ride the heck out of that horse. She is a 1D horse and I'm still learning how to keep up with the girl. She's a whole lot of power and has a whole lot of work ethic...She's won stuff I've only dreamed about winning and I plan on reaching those dreams on her..Because I started at the bottom and earned every bit of it...That to me speaks loads more about a person's character and drive than someone who is riding Daddy's money and doesn't know how to do anything but hang on..and I know a ton of those girls, and yes, they win. But they don't have the respect from other riders in our area that I do.
What would you rather have??