WARNING: this might be a little bit of a story of us kinda thing haha!
I have had my mare for almost 2 and a half years, working hard to get where we are now. We have trained hard every week (we do a lot of hunter on the flat, a little dressage, and a little equitation ) going through many shows [lower level] every year. I am so proud of how far we have come! Although she is extremely stubborn, has a bad attitude, AND takes 1 step forward and 3 steps back with everything, I am still proud of what we have done:)
What is happening now though, is that my families income simply cannot cover the monthly board fees anymore, and we have to move my mare somewhere else. LUCKILY though, my grandparents are cattle owners and breeders, have a large and beautiful barn, and have over 300 acres of land! So we are going to move her there (where board is free)
On the other hand, upon moving there, I will maybe get to see/ride her only 2-3 times a week, and we will have no ring to ride in until the spring when we build one (other grandparents are in the ground grading business). We also do not own a trailer so will have no way to go to shows any longer, and cannot afford a trainer......
So I was thinking I am just going to pleasure ride from now on.... trotting and galloping over the land at my grandma has actually sounds good:) there was always that one part in the back of my mind during strict training with my horse that said "you don't wanna be doing this" . Now I feel that just riding for fun will be a good thing for us:) maybe?
So I wanted to get some advice from you all who may have gone through the same thing?? Ya know, is it as good as it sounds? Or will she loose everything we ever worked for and it be a complete disaster.... also I have heard the rumor ( not sure if its true ) that just pleasure riding causes your horse to loose lots of muscle and eventually become sway back?? I turn away from this though because no matter what work your horse is getting (dressage to pleasure ) it will still be working its muscles! I hope that's not true xD
Buttt yea sorry about the length! And thanks to anyone who actually takes the time to reply hahah :))