06-18-2013, 04:38 PM
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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!