So I've been riding for about 18 years now and am as addicted to horses as I was when I was 4 years old. My problem is that my whole life I have been able to dable in just about everything and have had the opportunities to ride multiple disciplines. I've had many horses as well and have competed in WP and the Hunter ring at lower levels fairly successfully. My problem here in lies with the fact that I'm a 22 year old college student and my mother is now telling me that I must pick a direction and stick with it.
I LOVE jumping, reining, and mounted shooting (just for fun) but can't decide if I want to stick with, western or english. I know I won't be competing at "A" circuit shows or national shows so I'm not terribly concerned with buying a horse that is specifically bred for whatever.
I train all of my horses with the basics of dressage which is essential for balance and movement in any discipline. Would anyone think I'm crazy if I were to train a horse for jumping but occasionally did mounted shooting with my club. (there is one lady who does it on here OTTB that is a 2nd level dressage horse and she's pretty dang good at it!) I'm going to be buying a new horse next spring and would like to have a general idea of how I'm going to start/break him...I'm very frustrated..has anyone else had issues with sticking to one discipline? The problem is I like doing it all but obviously can't afford it all. I get bored easily and was wondering if anyone had some tips to keep me interested in what I'm doing? Just very frustrated right now, any tips, advice, stories, non-mean/judgemental comments would be very helpful.