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post #1 of 31 Old 07-14-2010, 07:13 PM Thread Starter
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I have heard and seen this happen many times before, where people who rode as children or teenagers gradually stop riding as they get out of school and start studying, getting a job, etc.

My sister for instance, she loved riding as a teenager. Now at 21, she hasn't ridden properly for maybe a few years.

Then I have heard many stories as well where people just stop riding after school because they don't have time and energy.

I don't really see anything wrong with this, as I can understand that sometimes you either can't afford it or your job/family takes up too much of your time.

I can't really speak yet, as I am only 16, but I have made a vow to myself that no matter what I will try my utmost hardest to carry on horse riding after school and studying.

How many people here have seen others who have lost interest, and who has stuck with riding through thick and thin? I would like it if you shared your stories on how you (as adults) have kept your passion for horse riding alive and how you make the time for horses in your life.

Also, how many children/teenagers here, like me, are convinced that you will carry on riding after school?

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ME!! I will for sure keep riding horses as I get older. I plan to own a ranch with lots of horses when I am an adult.
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post #3 of 31 Old 07-14-2010, 07:27 PM
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I am sure i wont lose interest, my mom had to stop riding when she got out of callage and had a family, but i started riding again, and so did she, now we ride together all the time.

but Dressage is like an addiction for me, so im sure i wont stop.

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My riding has definitely decreased. I used to be on a horse all day every day. I was riding mine or someone elses horse all the time. Now that I'm in school though, thats not really possible. I usually ride 3-4 times a week. There was a point when I was dating some guy and only rode once a week. Worst idea ever.

If I go too long without horses, i go insane. It's generally better that I'm in a saddle :P
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I've seen many people drop of the 'horse-loving' perch. It's one of those things that all little girls love and want to get into, but only a few stick around for in the long run. Half of my past riding friends have quit because they got bored of horses or they just don't have the time.

I quit for a few years in my mid-teens because I just didn't enjoy it anymore. I suppose it had something to do with growing up and becoming more interested in fashion and boys, haha. But about two years ago I really started missing it and I got back into riding.

You shouldn't be worried about not loving horses at some point. It happens to everyone. It can't be helped, and if there comes a time when you just don't enjoy horses anymore then I don't think it's worth being miserable by trying to keep riding. **** happens. Don't fret about it. Just love being in the now!

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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!

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I won't let that happen to me. First of all, it's the one thing I feel like I'm good at, and second, I would feel horribly guilt-ridden if I stopped exercising and spending time with my horses. They need the exercise, they need the mental stimulation, they enjoy it, and I have a commitment to them. I'm only 13, sure, but I'm confident I won't ever stop riding.
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I don't think it will happen to me.....But you never know.

It's amazing how so many teenagers say "OMG no I'll never quit!!!" and then in two years they announce they're done. You just can't make that decision yet. You still have so much growing up to do between now and then.

And that's coming from me, the 15 year old sophomore in high school.
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post #9 of 31 Old 07-14-2010, 09:49 PM
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I "lost interest". I was doing year 12 and had a horse I loved but I hadn't really ridden her properly for maybe a year. I still go out everyday and feed, and if couldn't I'd find someone that would, I just didn't make the time for it anymore.

It was all just too hard. I had school, a boyfriend, friends, and on top of that my mum started working full time so I had a to catch a bus to near the agistment place and then walk a couple of kms to get to the paddock. The walk wasn't too bad but it would have been if I had to carry a saddle, bridle etc. and there was no place to leave it.

Maybe if she hadn't been so young, and I could have just got on and rode, or maybe if she'd been closer it would have been better. I don't think so though, I'd been doing horses for seven years and wanted a break. I sold her, left home, dropped out of school and moved away.

Now I am thinking of getting back into it because I sit in my room and sure I have friends and such but there is nothing I wake up and want to do. I used to love riding.

Its easier to get out of it than you think.
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I pray that I will never lose interest, but even now at just the age of sixteen I am slowly discovering myself, and for some reason horses are being pushed back.

Plus, once I graduate college my career choice is not exactly one that caters to those that wish to keep pets. (I'm either commissioning in the Army nurse corps, or enlisting to become a combat medic)

But in the mean time I am trying to enjoy my teenage years and live them to the fullest as a horse crazy girl.

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