Its interesting I read this post today because yesturday after my lesson in a dressage clinic my friend asked me if I ever missed jumping, and that got me thinking, Why am I in dressage? Because I do miss jumping a little bit, but I love dressage because its always a challenge to train the horse more and improve our teamwork. Sometimes when I get caught up in competitions and clinics and everything I forget WHY I am in dressage, to enjoy and train the horse AND me. The last competition I went to I finally began to get over my fear of the ring and me and my horse got a little bit better, honestly, I finally felt the feeling and understood how that was a greater feeling then winning a red ribbon. I have finally figured out it is for fun, to improve me and the horse, and to me having a bond with my horse, and knowing I can trust my horse to be safe for me and to trust me is the best feeling I have ever felt.
I think the 'net is an amazing place to gain information and honestly, I think it has helped millions of people with lots of problems they may have, It definitely should not take the place of a good trainer, but it is a great aid I think and it opens up a whole new world of ideas for people. I get nervous when I go into the dressage ring in competitions, so I looked up sports phycologists, and I don't want to mention names, but I looked it up on google and found a fantastic website and read articles by the lady and looked all over her website, it helped me a LOT, the lady lives in the states, I would never have gotten that help if there wasn't the 'net to help me.
I think people need to ride for the joy of riding and being with horses, and know that the 'net is not a trainer, but just and aid to further your education and get many peoples different ideas to keep and open mind. Like most things, sometimes people just get to caught up.
If there are no horses in heaven... im not going.