I am just learning about the discipline, and thus far, I think it will be perfect for me!
I personally have a very hard time being "judged" in the show ring. Part of it is that in my mind, it comes down to a false, plastic feeling for me. For example, the requirement to have the "perfect clothes", for one...(same reason I live in Jeans and tees, and love that I get to work in scrubs!) and OFTEN, though certainly not as a RULE, it just seems snooty, with a lot of mean, hard people competing to outdo one another. I "get" that it's the point, but I just would rather help another succeed WITH me, than out do them OR have then out do me!
I can't compete with those types of restrictions on me. If showing was PURELY about the riding ability and the athleticism of horse and rider, and maybe about team work with other riders, rather than against them, I think I'd love it...but it isn't. Plus, often, it CAN come down to who has the most money, and that doesn't fall in line with my values. I realize there is much more to it than that, but I have trouble seeing beyond those aspects of showing.
Endurance, thusly, gives the rider exactly the aspects of proving the athleticism of their horse and themselves, but without all the snooty stuff, IMO. Not to mention the awesome aspect of being out amongst the elements, with you and your horse depending on one another fully. I can't, at this point anyhow, imagine a better way to grow with my (future) horse!
That's why I'm learning all I can about endurance riding, and when I'm ready, and have the horse to go with me (ha ha) & not my trainer's horse, obviously, endurance is what I plan to do in terms of riding! :0)
Welcome to the forum!! :0)
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