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    09-28-2010, 05:28 PM
  #1
Yearling
Can't Choose a Discipline!

So far I have done dressage, jumping, reining, western pleasure and trail.

My horse is western, so for the last year all I have done is western, but for 5 years before that, it was all english.

I would still love to try cross country, endurance, more reining, more dressage, more jumping, and practically everything!

I love them all, but when I ride english for too long, I miss western, and vice versa.

I would like to choose just one or two disciplines to focus on, and compete in.

How in the world will I make up my mind though?

My horse right now is a 14 yr old quarter horse, she has wear and tear in her legs from reining her whole life, and she gets so sore that I can't ride her alot of the time.

I can only have one horse, and I am considering selling her.
But, I was thinking that, maybe I should try her in all the disciplines and choose which I like best. And, then switch to a horse that excels in that one discipline?

Maybe I should just keep my horse and enjoy her, since I love her so much, and get a more competitive horse when I graduate?

I don't really know what I'm asking, maybe about how to choose a discipline, or if I should sell my horse even when I'm still undecided?
     
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    09-28-2010, 05:43 PM
  #2
Foal
I understand your dilema with picking a discipline. I had the same issue. I thought about it for awhile... pretty much a few years and realized that all through highschool I wanted to do reining. All through college I wanted to do reining. And even now, I still get goosebumps when I watch reining. That's how I decided. One thing to consider is if you don't know what you want to do, selling your horse might be a decision you could later regret. You also mentioned graduating soon? You never know what the future holds for you, as far as horses and competing. I think it comes down to what you like the most. Do you enjoy just your horse, or do you feel the need to compete? Would you miss her if you sold her? Do you want something "better" than your horse to compete with?

Sometimes I use threads to think outloud. It is nice to do that. I asked the question one time if I should sell all of my so-so horses and just buy one or two really nice horses. Someone replied, "One dream horse is worth better than ten mediocre horses." or something along those lines. They were right, and that response was just what I needed to hear.

Maybe make a checklist? Here would be mine:

barrel racing- did it, just not gutsy enough to do it/ horse not fast enough & not enough drive to game.
western pleasure- easily bored with it

Something like this might make you better able to compair different disciplines?? Just a thought. :) Good luck with whatever you decide.
     
    09-28-2010, 06:01 PM
  #3
Yearling
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I understand your dilema with picking a discipline. I had the same issue. I thought about it for awhile... pretty much a few years and realized that all through highschool I wanted to do reining. All through college I wanted to do reining. And even now, I still get goosebumps when I watch reining. That's how I decided. One thing to consider is if you don't know what you want to do, selling your horse might be a decision you could later regret. You also mentioned graduating soon? You never know what the future holds for you, as far as horses and competing. I think it comes down to what you like the most. Do you enjoy just your horse, or do you feel the need to compete? Would you miss her if you sold her? Do you want something "better" than your horse to compete with?
I'm so glad someone else had the same issue! All the people I know have picked something and stuck with it... I was starting to think I was the odd one out. At this time, I probably would regret selling her, because I could get a horse that I turn out not enjoying at all.
When I got her, I knew she was perfect, it was a dream come true. But when the vet told us that she will only be a pleasure horse, no fast than a walk on trail rides, and no more reining or lots of circles, my stomach just sunk. She excelled in reining when we bought her, and I was so excited to compete in shows.
I won't be graduating for another 4 years, that's why I was thinking that she will be getting older, and I might have decided what discipline I want to continue in.
I enjoy my horse alot! I love her personality, I can ride her tackless, do just about anything with her, and she could care less.
But, I also do really want to compete. We went to my horse show a month ago, and it was alot of fun. We only went in 2/5 classes though, as she was sore for a couple of the days..
That's the problem, because if I spend almost all of my money to go in shows, and its the luck of the draw if she's sore those days or not.

I would really miss her if I sold her. I would bawl my eyes out. I don't really know how I would do it, she's so awesome, but if I want to move higher and compete, I will have to :(

I don't necessarily want something "better" to compete with, but maybe a younger horse with more energy and does not have leg issues. So, I don't have to worry about my horse being sore for a show.

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Sometimes I use threads to think outloud. It is nice to do that. I asked the question one time if I should sell all of my so-so horses and just buy one or two really nice horses. Someone replied, "One dream horse is worth better than ten mediocre horses." or something along those lines. They were right, and that response was just what I needed to hear.
It does help to find out what I'm actually thinking in my head, because I end up typing so much! That is very true what the one person said. My dilemma is that she was 100% my dream horse, now it's down to about 85%, because I can't show with her.

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Maybe make a checklist? Here would be mine:

barrel racing- did it, just not gutsy enough to do it/ horse not fast enough & not enough drive to game.
western pleasure- easily bored with it

Something like this might make you better able to compair different disciplines?? Just a thought. :) Good luck with whatever you decide.
That's a really good idea! I will try that out as well. Although, there will be like 7 that I like equally! :P

Thanks a bundle, and sorry for typing so much :S
     
    09-28-2010, 06:06 PM
  #4
Foal
No problem. :) And no, you didn't write too much. I enjoyed reading your comments. With your 2nd post, I think you should hang on to your mare for awhile longer, or until you pick a "for sure" discipline. She sounds like she's a good horse!
     
    09-28-2010, 06:15 PM
  #5
Yearling
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No problem. :) And no, you didn't write too much. I enjoyed reading your comments. With your 2nd post, I think you should hang on to your mare for awhile longer, or until you pick a "for sure" discipline. She sounds like she's a good horse!
Thank you so much! I guess there is no harm in keeping her until I make up my mind, I don't want to sell her and regret my decision for the rest of my life.
My instructor is going to lend me an english saddle, and I am going to take english lessons with her, so far she is doing really good in english, and she seems to enjoy it.

Also, we have her on Bio-Iso-G, the vet reccommended and we will see how that goes, maybe it will work out and she won't get sore as often! (hopefully)

Thanks again for your time! :]
     
    09-28-2010, 06:16 PM
  #6
Showing
I have to agree with Heartland. I think I would hang onto Lena until you decide what you want to pursue, then when you make that decision, you can work on getting a horse to do that.
     
    09-28-2010, 06:25 PM
  #7
Trained
Why do you have to choose?

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All the people I know have picked something and stuck with it...
I can't imagine anything more BORING at this point in my life!

You won't be competeing at a high level in anything at the moment, so why not continue to do what takes your fancy at the time?

You wanna hear what disciplines i've done? When I started, I did a lot of jumping and eventing. I then got interested in mounted games and did it seriously for four years, including competeing overseas and being first reserve for the national team twice. I then had enough of that and decided to start campdrafting (Working cattle) and showing ASH (Australian Stock Horses). While I am still doing that, I am now also having a go at Endurance.

They are just the ones I did a lot of - I've also played polocrosse, done showing, vaulting, sporting...

While your young and you CAN do everything, why not? Any horse can do most disciplines at a low level.

Enjoy yourself and don't force yourself to stick to one thing until you find something that you can't live without.
     
    09-29-2010, 04:32 PM
  #8
Yearling
I just have to add in on missing your horse if you were to sell her.

When I sold my first horse, it was a horrible thing! I cried and cried and cried some more. I only had him for 1 year, but he wasn't going to help me do what I wanted to do. He was a great english horse, but I wanted to jump... and he couldn't jump... and he was 17 (but with the spirit of a 5 year old...). In the end, I had to make a decision. Am I sad about selling my first horse? Of course I am, I even tried to convince my mom to let me have two horses. Do I regret selling him? No, because I wouldn't be as good of a rider as I am now if I hadn't.

That's another thing to consider, will you ever reach your full potential on your mare? There will come a point when you are going to be bored with her, and you will have gotten all that you can out of her.

For now, I suggest keeping her, pretty much like everybody above said. Find one or two things that you really like, and try to find a horse to accommodate that. Like wild_spot said, any horse can do most disciplines at a low level. So maybe you find out you really want to jump, but also want to ride western pleasure and trail. Find an english jumping horse that can do western. It might be easiest for you to find "the discipline" for you, and have 1 or 2 smaller ones. Does that make sense? Like maybe dressage as your main discipline but western pleasure and trail as two smaller disciplines. Not reining and jumping, because those are 2 pretty big things.

Hope this helps!
     
    10-01-2010, 01:59 PM
  #9
Showing
Hold onto your horse! There is no reason why you should sell your gorgeous beasty because you want to change discipline. Not to sound bias, but QHs are the absolute best horses because they are so willing and so versatile. Regardless of what you think you want to go into, and when you have finally made your decision-there is no reason why you should sell your horse.
Almost all horses can take part in any discipline at the basic levels. Unless you reach a certain level in your chosen discipline, if you horse happen to not be able to get passed it, then you should consider selling your horse and get a more suitable one. Don't sell your fantastic equine partner because you think she/he might not be suitable.

Go out and try out a few things and see how you like it and then decide what you want to do. But honestly, even as far as hunters goes, or dressage or any given western discipline, most horses have no problems until you reach the more competitive levels.
     
    10-01-2010, 02:09 PM
  #10
Yearling
Why don't you try putting your mare on joint supplements before selling her? I've seen Cortaflex do wonders. Take a horse that can barely walk to being able to trail ride for hours, jump, etc.
     

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