04-25-2013, 04:12 PM
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I am with horses seven days a week. I teach riding lessons on Monday through Wednesday, and am gone to show Thursday through Sunday night late. When I don't have a weekend show, I am training and riding either my horses or someone else's horses.
You literally have no time to do anything else but horses. I don't have friends I hang out with outside of school, and I have very little interaction with my family.
Is it worth it? Riding and competing horses is a wonderful experience. I've learned a lot and have had some times I wouldn't trade for the world. I really enjoy it. However, a demanding schedule leads to stress and neglecting yourself and your other relationships. Sometimes, you just want a day off. But you've built up so much responsibility that you're trapped.