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        06-10-2013, 05:10 PM
    I showed horses for 18 years. After I graduated high school I decided that I'd rather spend the time I had with my horses actually enjoying the quality time. There's nothing wrong with not wanting to show. Now I trail ride and occasionally do an endurance race, but that's nothing like showing.
    Do what you enjoy with your horses. There's no where that says just because you're a horse person that you HAVE to show.
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        06-11-2013, 12:14 PM
    It's totally normal not to want to show! I don't like showing either, to be honest. I've been riding for over a decade now and love riding jumpers, but I don't have a strong desire to get into the show ring. I don't get overly nervous about the crowds, but I do get the jitters.

    Riding isn't about showing. If you don't want to, then don't. There are other much less competitive events you can with your horse if you still want to do something fun. If not, just enjoy whatever you do with your horse now. That's the best thing about this sport, you can decide!
        06-17-2013, 12:51 PM
    Showing is not for everyone, just like showing is not for every horse. Horse shows can be really fun but if you don't think that's something you would like then you should do whatever makes you happy.
        06-17-2013, 12:59 PM
    I show because I am competitive, I like to have a job as does every horse I've owned (By no mistake I bought horses like this), and I am searching to do this as a career. I have shown in most everything you can imagine and decided that I like barrel racing and all that comes with it, so that is now my focus. That doesn't mean it's for everyone.

    I don't expect everyone to show anymore than I would expect everyone to barrel race like me. That'd be a disaster in a major scale. Do what makes you happy.
        06-18-2013, 04:38 PM
    There are no rules that say you're only a good horseman if you show! I spent the first 23 years of my life as just a trail rider/ pleasure rider...I've been showing in cutting for the last 2 years (I only got into it out of curiousity, I didn't grow up showing and always wondered what it would be like..) But I have to say, most of the time I am happier out on my own on a trail ride than at a show. I am not a very competitive person, I'm just really horse crazy and enjoy the therapy my horses give me. At shows I get verrrry nervous, and it sort of takes the fun out of it, because here I am shelling out all this money to show, and I'm a nervous wreck! Anyways, the point of that was - some people love to show, and some people just have way more fun doing their own thing. There is no right or wrong as long as you are loving your horses and improving your skills!

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