Is it bad to not want to show?

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        06-09-2013, 08:20 PM
    Is it bad to not want to show?

    I really don't want to show. I just don't like large crowds or pressure. Is that okay? Is there anyone else that doesn't show?
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        06-09-2013, 08:24 PM
    A lot of people don't show. In fact, only one of my friends shows and I have several horsey friends. I have two friends that do endurance and another friend that used to barrel race. I have another friend that all she does is trail ride. In fact, most of the people at my current barn and at my old barn are simply happy hackers.
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        06-09-2013, 08:25 PM
    Green Broke
    Good Heavens, of course it's 'okay to not want to show'! Horses are some of God's most majestic and amazing creatures - just to own them, be in the presence of them, and interact with them each day is pure bliss! To ride them is a privelege.... embrace your ownership of such a marvelous animal, and simply enjoy :)
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        06-09-2013, 10:54 PM
    I used to show on occasion just to see how my training stacked up against the others and what I could learn. The games were always fun and not taken seriously. We could do a good trail class no matter the obstacles.
        06-09-2013, 11:01 PM
    Many more just ride for pleasure rather than show, us show offs are in the minority.
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        06-09-2013, 11:16 PM
    Perfectly fine not to want to show! I've never showed on my own horse. The only show I was ever in was back in my teens, on a horse I met 10 minutes before the class. Got second place :) but that was more of a 'i'm here, you don't have a rider for the class..... sure i'll do it!' situation.

    No need for me to show to know that I already know what I know, if you know what I mean (don't try saying that ten times fast, lol). Self improvement doesn't have to come in the form of ribbons and trophies.
        06-10-2013, 01:15 AM
    Green Broke
    I used to show and have no desire to do it now. Trail/pleasure riding, on the other hand, has and will always be my first interest.
        06-10-2013, 01:18 AM
    I don't show. Used to when I was younger and now I could care less. Of course I'm a bit interested, but I have terrible anxiety and horses are my relaxing time, not there to cause more stress!
        06-10-2013, 10:00 AM
    Its fine not to riding is much much more then just showing
        06-10-2013, 10:08 AM
    My daughter shows, but we have lots of horse friends who do not show and have no interest.

    We have our reasons for showing...and it works for us. Personally, I believe riding should be fun for both horse and rider.
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