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post #1 of 37 Old 04-19-2014, 08:16 PM Thread Starter
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Little rant

So I am fully aware this may seem bratty or whatever I don't care haha

So I've had a rough time the entire time I've been in the horse world. Always had project bratty horses never had it easy ever. On Instagram today and found this girl who's parents bought her not one but two highly expensive (30 and 40 thousand dollars) horses. I've been very frustrated not being able to get the horse I want which is 1750 I don't need a 10,000 dollar horse sure it's be nice to work on myself since I've never had one very well trained horse ever but I know I can't afford that. It's just really frustrating seeing these girls handed these 1D horses when I'm struggling to find a prospect in my price range :(.

Yup I sound whiney but when you've had lousy trainers, green, badly trained horses your entire 19 yrs it gets discouraging. My trainer now lends me her horses but it's not the same I love her for it and am thankful I just want my own well trained horse I can atleast win occasionally on just to give me that push to keep going. I am getting discouraged olive riding and barrel racing it's my true passion but I hate always having the projects and having to fix other peoples screw ups, every time it seemed like I found a good one it was ripped from my hands or as soon as I felt like I was getting somewhere which is why I won't lease anymore unless I'm leasing a fully trained barrel horse I'm tired of putting time in to have it shoved in my face.

just a small town girl with a big town dream :]
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post #2 of 37 Old 04-19-2014, 08:19 PM
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I totally understand where you're coming from.. The brats that get these horses handed to them and don't put the time in. It's frustrating for sure!
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While I get what you are saying, money will only get you so far, any riding event depends on two elements the horse and rider, if I had the money I could go buy the best trained reiner out there, but unless I can ride to some extent then we wouldn't win anything.

On the other hand my best ribbon ever was a pink ribbon, that said thanks for turning up and having a go, and not jumping out of the ring. That was on my $200 you or the meat man mare. I was so proud of her, and me that day, it's a feeling that those girls who get handed push button horses will never ever ever feel.
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post #4 of 37 Old 04-19-2014, 08:30 PM
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This is what makes me work even harder on training my own horses, get them cheap as greenies or unbroke and work my and the horses butt off to get to a high level, way more rewarding then getting a horse that has already all the training put into it, isnt it???
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post #5 of 37 Old 04-19-2014, 08:37 PM Thread Starter
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To a point yes but when that's all you've had and you've never been able to work with a horse long enough to get there it's so frustrating. I worked my butt of on an Arab gelding who's head was so fried from racing/endurance/gymkhana he couldn't even be trusted in anything but a giant shanked bit I was so proud getting him going nicely in a snaffle and getting hi point in bi rangle but he was then ripped from my hands by the bo.

My trainer set me up with what seemed to be a great deal on a gelding who ended up having leg problems and I sold as a trail horse it's just frustrating. I'd love to have that one well trained horse to help better my riding I know I have tons of things I need to work on.
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post #6 of 37 Old 04-19-2014, 09:13 PM
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• Horses: 2 could look at it this way. At least you've had the chance to own and help train horses at all. Coming from a mid-lower income family, I consider myself SO lucky to have ever even gotten to pet a horse let alone do what I've done with them. My parents couldn't afford even riding lessons for me, or summer camps, or anything similar. There was no way they'd be able to buy me or help me sustain a horse.

But luckily I met people who gave me a chance, and ended up learning to ride and handle horses. The farm where I volunteered eventually turned into...well...a dangerous dump with far too many animals, and all of the horses I EVER got to even touch were dysfunctional, lame, crazy, sick, or horribly trained...whereas I had friends with dressage horses, traveling to clinics, taking bi-weekly lessons, etc. I rarely got to ride and worked 10-11 hours for every 1 that I got to spend leisurely with the horses. And when I did spend time with the unruly ones, then finally got them to a point when they were trustworthy, they were taken away from me and ruined again or claimed as someone else's time and time again.

But it was worth it. Why? It taught me a HECK of a lot more about animal care, maturity, standing up for myself, perseverance, and plain old nitty-gritty work than those friends of mine will ever know. I never got the chance to show or ride really nicely trained horses, and I may never. But I learned valuable lessons...and you can't put a price on that.

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post #7 of 37 Old 04-19-2014, 09:22 PM
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keep your chin up.
I concur with Golden horse. A substandard rider on a colossal powerhouse is an error per the parents. Wasted talent in retrospect. I hope you find an amazing prospect so you can teach those girls how to barrel race.
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post #8 of 37 Old 04-19-2014, 09:32 PM
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Some people have money.
Some people have talent.
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post #9 of 37 Old 04-19-2014, 10:08 PM
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I understand what you're saying! When I was at riding school (MANY years ago! ) by the time I got to the upper levels of the kids riding there I got given the challenging horses... mostly because I could handle them, and there were others there who wouldn't have been able to. Looking back I do appreciate that a) I was trusted with them and b) I gained experience from them, but I didnt' feel like that at the time. I used to look at the girls with their well-trained privately owned ponies, or even the other riding school mounts that were calm and well educated, and feel kind of bitter. I felt like if I was on a mount like that then I could actually spend my time improving my own riding technique rather than just spending it managing a volatile or difficult horses behaviour.

Now I"m not so sure... I realise that I probably learned a lot more than I thought I was learning, even if it wasn't what I *wanted* to learn!

Anyway, I just wanted to say that I understand and commiserate. I hope you get the horse that you long for in your life before too long! :)
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post #10 of 37 Old 04-19-2014, 10:10 PM
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Originally Posted by squirrelfood View Post
Some people have money.
Some people have talent.
And some people have both. Doesn't mean we get to vilify them for having it easier financially.

I've never had the money to buy a made horse. Every horse I've ever owned has been a project, and I've had horses for 35 years. Last horse I brought home was a 5 y/o OTTB, who only knew how to run to the left. 5 years later, and he's now a pretty darned nice trail/hunter pace mount.

Be proud of what you've accomplished, and stop worrying about what others do or don't have. That way lies frustration and bitterness. Everyone has problems and sorrows.

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