Originally Posted by kklenk
I'd like to know for those people who don't compete, what motivates you the most to go ride?
I love it. Right now I'm riding once a week for an hour on a horse I hate so much I love, because man does she make me work to get anything accomplished, until I get my own horse back, and then it'll be 2/3 times a week for awhile.
I simply just love it. I love the fact that its challenging, its a workout, it tests your patience and when you get through that bad ride, just how good you feel about yourself.
I love the bond that you can get with such a large creature and how when you're doing things right, you can control every inch of that 1000lbs animal with a thin, simple strap of leather or rope and your tiny leg in comparison.
Kklenk, you just need to find that one thing that keeps you going, don't forget it and it'll be better. A lot better.
For me its the memory of my old mare who I could jump on bareback with a halter, point her out to the fields with a little squeeze and we would be off. That memory keeps me going with my young green mare, as I have a goal to have that kind of level of trust and training between the two of us to do that again.