Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Loudoun County, VA
This kind of happened to me. I was completely obsessed as a child and teenager. Now I haven't ridden in several months, and last time I rode, I was very unhappy that I don't have the ability I used to have.
After I was done with high school, I was a working student at a dressage breeder/trainer because I was absolutely completely positive it was what I wanted to do as a career.
Then after doing that for a while, my parents got sick of me living there but not making money so they told me I could either get a job that pays the bills and go to school, or I could sleep on the lawn in a tent. So after one night sleeping in the tent, I got a different job, and then I didn't have the time anymore, and I wanted to do more adult things like go out and live without my parents, so the horse took a backseat. I never stopped loving them, but I couldn't obsess over them, I needed to secure a career and make sure I could support myself. I also was interested in dating, and wanting to go out, and then there was finding my husband (so to speak, he was an old friend), and so many things need my attention now.
After a few years without them though, I want another one sooooooo bad. Hopefully my new job will be the golden one (for now!) and I'll be able to get a horse in the next year.
Life does happen, and other things come up that you become passionate about. My family has become so important to me in a way that I never really cared about before.
But to answer your question, I keep the passion alive by hanging out with my horse friends, seeing/riding horses when I have time and can afford it, reading and rereading horse books, checking out horse sites and of course, reading all the wonderful stories and posts on this forum. I may not be able to work with a horse right now like I would like to, but hearing about everyone else's stories is enlightening and seeing everyone else's photos can be inspiring!
Last edited by ptvintage; 07-14-2010 at 10:26 PM.