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    09-11-2009, 03:32 PM
  #1
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How competitive are you??

Just as the title how competitive are you within your horse sport??

I used to be very competitive but I think I was too competitive and now I just focus on improving a little bit every time!

So what about you guys? How competitive are YOU???

Shauna xXxXx
     
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    09-11-2009, 03:55 PM
  #2
Trained
I'm not, haha.

Well I guess that's not entirely true. I'm really competitive against myself. I always want to best my last try. And I do like to race, and I usually win, but that could very possibly be because my horse is in shape and my friend's horses usually aren't, lol.
     
    09-11-2009, 04:45 PM
  #3
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Lol Yeah I suppose I have changed though from beating myself up about not being as good as I was before to trying to see the improvement in little bits instead of disappointment all over if that makes sense lol
     
    09-11-2009, 04:50 PM
  #4
Green Broke
I'm actually not that competitive of a person but used to get kind of competitive showing! Now that the vast majority of what I show is super green, my only hope usually is to get in the ring, mostly get over the fences :), and let it be a good experience for the horse. There's so much less pressure when you aren't in it for the ribbons! (although, ribbons are nice...)
     
    09-11-2009, 05:28 PM
  #5
Green Broke
Um...I'd have to say that it depends on what day it is. I'm a very competitive person in general, but when it comes to horses I've had so many bad show days that I don't break down if I don't win anymore. I am however, really trying hard to do my best more now than I was before. I'm beginning to really improve, too.
     
    09-13-2009, 02:28 PM
  #6
Weanling
I'm a pretty competitive person, and Cheyenne is even more so competitive than me. She hates losing.
     
    09-13-2009, 08:50 PM
  #7
Trained
I love good healthy competition I will try as hard as I know my horse and I can to win. I won't push my horse, though, if I know he's not up to it, even if it's against a competitor I know he could take...
     
    09-14-2009, 01:29 PM
  #8
dee
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I am SO not competitive. I've never had a show quality horse, so I've never done that. However, husband, daughters and I used to go to playdays at our little local arena. Husband and daughters were pretty competitive, but when it came to be my turn - I just kind of plunked around. I was happy with a nice trot or slow canter around the barrels. My mare - not so much. Right after I got her I discovered she loved to run barrels, and I just hung on for dear life - never touched the reins - and prayed no one opened the gate until she came to a stop at the end of the run. (shouldn't have worried about that too much - the one time they opened the gate too soon all she did was head for the trailer). I enjoyed the pole bending and keyhole racing - at a slow speed. It was just something fun to do with my horse. She was never afraid of anything that took place in an arena or on a trail (that was not on a paved road or went under a bridge.) I hope my new mare is as good as my old mare.
     
    09-14-2009, 02:06 PM
  #9
Yearling
I'm not very competitive... I joke about it, but not really. I only show locally, and I know full well that most the people I'm showing against have many more years of experience than I do, and in some cases, a few of them have even gone to State. I'm only showing Magic and Tanner now -- neither of them were ever Western Pleasure horses -- they've always been barrel racers and worked cattle on a farm. I don't intend to make them into Western Pleasure horses, either, I just show them in it to keep them from walking into an arena and expecting to run-run-run! I also know that the previous owners hadn't ridden them for nearly five years, and I have never run barrels in my life before I started experimenting on Magic. So we're far from the most experienced team out there.
But even a run that's a second better than the last makes me smile -- my biggest achievement is when both Tanner and Magic ran 25 seconds yesterday, and I learned how to use barrel racing reins to help Tanner make her turns quicker (I'd always used split reins, since that's what I'd been taught on when I first learned to ride).
So maybe I'm a little competitive against myself.
     
    09-14-2009, 08:08 PM
  #10
Weanling
I'm very competitive! Not to the point where I don't have fun or where I push my horse too hard, but I ride to win. If I don't, it's not a big deal, but you can bet I'll be training my butt off until the next show! I love hearing people praise my riding; I live off that! If someone in the arena is riding better than me, I push push push myself to be better than them. I have really stressed my muscles out at times. I guess I am a little too competitive sometimes, but I always have fun!
     

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