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post #1 of 21 Old 08-09-2009, 01:15 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy To Ride or Not to Ride..............

Hi everybody! I just recently signed up, though ive been watching this for a while. Anyway, I have a problem here. Irecently started to outgrowmy pony, so I have her for sale and bought a new mare, who is 14.2 and a mustang that is nice, just needs some training. Where I board is just western pleasurish, and I am an avid barrel racer/galloper. No one rides with me, and the owner/trainer does no trail riding, we cant go off without an ault, etc. I am really tired of being their, but there really are no other places. One is huge, but I dont like it because the owner is strange and it has no one to ride with. The other is junky and overpriced. I have someone I know that I might be able to board with, buts the boarding isnt the problem. The problem is worse. I am actually thinkig about getting out of horses if I can't get out of this place. I love my new mare, but we havent connected yet. I know it will take a while to bond because ive had he for only 3 weeks to a month. I know I would be fine if I moved centerss, but is their anything I can think of/do to keep my interest alive until I do? And what if me and my new horse dont click? Should I sell her? I love her, but am so trapped at this center I cant think clearly enough. So, once again, is their anything I can do/think of until i move to keep me interested? I love horses so much....
so all you horse people out there, please adress my problem!
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Okay I am a little confused. I don't know where you live or what type of facilities you have available. However you just bought a new mount and are thinking of getting out of riding? I hope not. Maybe you need to find people of similar age/interests as you in the area or a new instructor, etc. I know for me I do enjoy riding with others but I also am happy working on my horse alone. Not sure how old you are but often teens are okay riding with another teen so at least if someone gets hurt they can call for help. Only suggestion I can make is find a place to board where there is supervision. Or someone from your family should be able to come and supervise.

If your interest is that weak that you might give up a month after buying a new horse maybe riding isn't for you. I would really think about it and see whats available near your first. Is there a 4 H club?

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I don't understnad what the problem is exactly... Could you maybe explain it a little better?
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Okay I am a little confused. I don't know where you live or what type of facilities you have available. However you just bought a new mount and are thinking of getting out of riding? I hope not. Maybe you need to find people of similar age/interests as you in the area or a new instructor, etc. I know for me I do enjoy riding with others but I also am happy working on my horse alone. Not sure how old you are but often teens are okay riding with another teen so at least if someone gets hurt they can call for help. Only suggestion I can make is find a place to board where there is supervision. Or someone from your family should be able to come and supervise.

If your interest is that weak that you might give up a month after buying a new horse maybe riding isn't for you. I would really think about it and see whats available near your first. Is there a 4 H club?
my interest is not weak. Ive loved horse for a long time and have had my pony for a while too. The new mare I got and I just dont click. I am confused at your answer,too. This place I board at, they dont allow me to do anything but go in cirgles at a slow lope/trot/walk. I barrel raced on my pony, but havent for a while now.
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I don't understnad what the problem is exactly... Could you maybe explain it a little better?
and the problem is that I am thinking of selling my new mare because her and I dont click. Sorry about the confusion, I was almost(or really) venting when I wrote that. I was jumbled. Now that i have my thoughts in order........ I am bored at my center, and my new mare and I just dont click.
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sorry if my answer was confusing but your OP was too LOL.

Okay I sort of thought if I suggested your interest was weak you would refute that. (not surprised) Sounds like you are at the wrong place. How long have you been there? How old are you? Are you taking lessons? Do you have an instructor? Are there any riders your age around? Again is there a 4H?

I am not sure why a parent would buy a kid a new horse if they are unhappy where they are boarding and have no real chance to advance, do new things or be challenged. I would give your new horse more time. I would suggest lots of ground work, bonding time, etc. Some horses need more time.

I really don't know from the info given what to say. Before you got the new horse and when you just had the pony how was it? What exactly do you want to do? If you took lessons would you be allowed to do more? Are there any adults going on trail rides you could go with?

More info please. thanks!
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I would give it more time to see if you can build up your relationship with her. These things usually take time. It's nice when you find a horse that you bond with from the start but that doesn't always happen. So I would say give it some more time and see what happens.

Where did you barrel race your pony? Were you at a different barn then where you are now?
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sorry if my answer was confusing but your OP was too LOL.

Okay I sort of thought if I suggested your interest was weak you would refute that. (not surprised) Sounds like you are at the wrong place. How long have you been there? How old are you? Are you taking lessons? Do you have an instructor? Are there any riders your age around? Again is there a 4H?

I am not sure why a parent would buy a kid a new horse if they are unhappy where they are boarding and have no real chance to advance, do new things or be challenged. I would give your new horse more time. I would suggest lots of ground work, bonding time, etc. Some horses need more time.

I really don't know from the info given what to say. Before you got the new horse and when you just had the pony how was it? What exactly do you want to do? If you took lessons would you be allowed to do more? Are there any adults going on trail rides you could go with?

More info please. thanks!
there are 3 boarders. AN old person, a girl who rides mabie 1 time a week, nd me. No, no other adults. The pony was great. I was happy before I got the new one. Then the boarding changed. The ladies life got hectic and she isnt very nice any more, and I just realized that I dont like working in an arena everyday with no one else. I did take lessons, but not any more because she taught me how to train both my horses quite nicely.
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I would give it more time to see if you can build up your relationship with her. These things usually take time. It's nice when you find a horse that you bond with from the start but that doesn't always happen. So I would say give it some more time and see what happens.

Where did you barrel race your pony? Were you at a different barn then where you are now?
Its been a month. I dont think we will click. Part of it is my center I think.
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