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    10-05-2010, 02:46 PM
Green Broke
I Need A Goal.

I need something to work towards in my riding. Lately all I do is ride the same place I ride almost everyday, jump the same jump (a log in the woods) and come home feeling the same way. Bored. It's the riding is boring, it's riding in the same polace everyday that's boring. I want competition. I want challenge. But what I can't decided is whether I want to jump or do barrels. Barrels around here are far more popular. Easier to get into. Jumping is far more pricey, harder to find. I love to jump and have started taking lessons for it. But I don't know if my horse could do well in it. I'm thinking that I'm going to take her to my lesson barn and have my instructor evaluate her. I don't want to go to nationals or anything, just play around. Training for barrels is something I could do myself. I love barrels alot too. Should I do both, since they are both for fun? Ugh. I just need something fun to do that I can do at home. I can take my horse places just not everyday. I don't have an arena. I have a pasture. That I'm bored with.

Bleh, I hope yall understood any of this.
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    10-05-2010, 03:14 PM
My goal one year was a sitting trot and I had managed to master it after a long while!

If you want to do jumping, I would suggest setting up some jumps. I had the same thing. Doing the same jumps, the same pattern until I picked up some magazines and found some great ideas into changing our workout. Using poles set at different lengths and creating x-rail bounces helped change up our routine. So you can try that if it helps. I don't know much about barrels, but that is my suggestion. Good luck!
    10-05-2010, 04:21 PM
I think you should have a look around for some barrel racing competitions in your area, and just have fun! It will give you something specific to train for, and that once in a while you can get to ride in a new place with different horses.

I would also recommend going a little more into jumping as well. Set up a few different and interesting jumps in the field or arena and have fun with those. If there is ever a small training show in your area, enter a few classes just for fun. Your horse doesn't have to be excellent, as long as it goes over the jumps and takes an interest in it.

Then with the issue about doing the same thing everyday, make little challenges for yourself. Time yourself how long it takes you to get from one place to another and see if you can beat that time. Weave between trees or invite some friends over to ride with you. Maybe if it is possible, would you be allowed to go outriding in a new area or on someone else's plot? Explore your options. Learn a new discipline! Like roping or try your hand at dressage. Go wild!
    10-05-2010, 04:46 PM
Green Broke
I need to set up some jumps, but I have to find things to make jumps out of.

I do invite my horsey friends over, but we're all so busy that it get kinda difficult to find a coordinated time.

I can go ride wherever I want, but time plays a part in where I can go. Also I ride into town and down the roads, but even that is getting boring.

Dressage is not my style, not that it isn't beautiful and challenging, I'm an adrenaline junkie. Lol.

Roping could be entertaining. I think my dad would get mad if I was out chasing the cows around though.

All in all, thank you for the advice Flame. I'm kinda considering setting up a "cross country" course in the pasture now.
    10-05-2010, 05:47 PM
Originally Posted by Lonestar22
Roping could be entertaining. I think my dad would get mad if I was out chasing the cows around though.
Haha. Well, if you can't do it with cows, do it with bushes and stumps then, anything that a rope will go over (even try it with friends on the ground).

For the jumps ideas, you could have a look on the internet for things you can use (there are actually quite a lot of things plus they don't cost much) or look around here. There are a few forums talking about building cross country jumps and ideas, etc.
    10-05-2010, 11:01 PM
Green Broke
I could use the cows. Dad might not llike it. Lol. I'm sure we have a bunch of junk laying around that I can use for jumps, I just gotta get out and find it.
    10-05-2010, 11:24 PM
International Performance Horse Development Association this is a good way to set goals show your horse and see who they are doing with out leaving your home and you can even earn money back. There are levels for everyone and every horse.
    10-05-2010, 11:33 PM
I wouldn't suggets doing both. Jumping and barrel racing can be so hard on a horse's body. They require your horse to do two completely different things, both equally hard and it's going to wear your mare down fast. I used to compete in hunter/jumper and do occasional game shows to barrel race. But I have seen people compete in both and the wear and tear on your horse is just not worth it..
    10-05-2010, 11:36 PM
Green Broke
I'm not going to be doing this everyweekend. Probably not even every month.
    10-05-2010, 11:59 PM
Green Broke
I buy young, untrained horses because I like training a horse. A perfect horse is nice but not really what I want.

Pick something new and outline your goal in detail. Maybe there is a competition that you want to attend?

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