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post #1 of 12 Old 08-29-2011, 01:26 AM Thread Starter
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It was nearly the end.

From the last couple of months I have really been struggling with keeping my passion for horses alive. I want to go to parties and hang out with my friends, but horses were stopping me doing that, they were stopping me having fun.

I told mum that I didn't want to ride next year, and she laid it straight on the line.
'You quit horses and we sell everything, and you can't go back to it untill your old enough to pay for everything' I agreed to these terms, because at the time I had a party to go to, and her talking was wasting time.

It wasn't untill yesterday when I attended what I thought would be my last show. I sat down on the bench after I had finished all my events. [4 forths and 1 first] and took a deep breath. I looked at the older girls competing at 1.15m and my attenion was then distracted by the giggling of the younger girls telling me to go play with them on the barrel horses.

Mum told me it was time to go, and tears started running down my face; Mum hugged me and said 'Ever since you were a young girl you have wanted to ride horses, that smile on your face is priceless when you ride, i've never seen you smile like that around your friends'

I never realised how much horses meant to me and how much I would miss going to ponyclub and mentoring the young girls, achieving my dreams and being naturally happy - I never knew what I had was this special, but untill that last second when I thought horses were over, I couldn't imagine my life without them.

Sorry I just needed to get my feelings out.

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post #2 of 12 Old 08-29-2011, 08:34 AM
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I teared up reading your post! Its not everyone who can reflect on there choices before it has happened then their full of regret.... Im happy you realized before it was to late! What a wise young woman you are :)
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post #3 of 12 Old 08-29-2011, 12:18 PM
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Glad you made the right choice.


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post #4 of 12 Old 08-29-2011, 03:10 PM
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A horse women at heart, will always stay a women at heart. Things might for a short period of time take precedence in your life, but horses will always be part of you. You're mom is a clever women.

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post #5 of 12 Old 08-29-2011, 07:44 PM
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What a nice post to read. You are wise beyond your years. So many fail to realize what they have until they've foolishly let it slip away. Every mother should have a daughter like you!

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post #6 of 12 Old 08-29-2011, 08:19 PM
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Your mum is a very wise woman who knows you very well. You may, at times, get really irritated with her, but you should always remember her words and her wisdom that day.

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post #7 of 12 Old 08-29-2011, 11:20 PM
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Originally Posted by SocietyJoe View Post
I want to go to parties and hang out with my friends, but horses were stopping me doing that, they were stopping me having fun.
To me, horses ARE having fun. They don't keep me from having fun, they ARE the fun!

Friends come and go, but your horse will always be there to listen to you when you need a friend. They can be a stablizing factor in your life. When all else is chaos, the horse is always there as a shoulder to cry on. I feel that way about animals in general. They are a lot more dependable than people!
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post #8 of 12 Old 08-30-2011, 06:27 AM Thread Starter
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thank you all for your support (: x

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post #9 of 12 Old 08-30-2011, 07:43 AM
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I agree with every single post! Until you have horses and have had to give them up you might not understand. When I got married and moved out of state (military hubby) I missed my horses so much I daydreamed that my parents showed up with truck trailor and horse. It never happened of course but when I would go home to visit for that first year, the first thing i did was ride, one time it was like around 12:00 at night. I would have dreams that i would get a horse saddled and ready to ride but in my dreams I never got to ride and sometimes I would wake up in tears and very frustrated. When I got my last two horses, the dreams stopped. Horses got sold after a year or so because my sister wasn;t intothem as much as I was. Then when I got another horse I was 32, I had her for about 10 years before she went to horsey heaven. Then when I was 49 I got my 4 yr old qh gelding. That was 2 1/2 years ago and my hubby just got a horse in June. That is all I have ever wanted and even now that I have less energy they actually give me energy. Never intended this post to be so just came out..sorry. Horses are a part of me and always will be...they and my dogs kind of define me

Anyways you are so lucky to have a mother that supports you and am happy you realized what really is important!! My kids used to ride my mare,but never developed the interest as I had hoped at least one of them would. You DID make the right desicion!
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post #10 of 12 Old 08-30-2011, 07:44 AM
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i did not put the unhappy icon face on and don;t know how to take it off!
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