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post #11 of 14 Old 01-07-2010, 05:06 PM
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It's funny. I am doing the same thing. I've always loved reading, but grew up riding horses. Since I knew showing horses wasn't really a job I turned to jockey-ing haha. I had been to Kentucky and during some tours I exercised some of the thoroughbreds there. Against my own will, my mom wanted me to go to college and work on my literature side, and am working on an English education degree and moving down to Kentucky after graduation to work for my license. Since we're practically doing the same thing GOOD LUCK!
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post #12 of 14 Old 01-07-2010, 05:11 PM
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By the way jockeys don't really work for one person. You have to monitor your weight because there will always be a weight limit for the horses. You may go back to one trainer or owner because they trust you to win but you're really on your own. They have the right to not race you but that is your fault. Its for the horse, kind of common sense.

HollyLolly - You should look further into it since people who seriously think about it are small and compact their whole life and don't worry about it. People who have to worry about it shouldn't be in the industry and may be following in people's steps. It takes way more commitment than most athletic sports and usually leads to death or injury but your input, hollylolly, was kind of right.
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post #13 of 14 Old 01-07-2010, 06:50 PM
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Wow, I have been reading all evening and I must say, thank you for writing such wonderful entries. I am a mainly 3 Day Event rider, along with a slew of other english and western classes, but I have this strong desire to ride racehorses. At 5'7" and 130 at a healthy weight I am less than ideal, yet I still have the hopes that it will one day come to be reality. In the meantime, reading your writings are reminding me why I have wanted to do this for so long. Until my chance comes, I will have to settle with galloping out my eventers.


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post #14 of 14 Old 01-07-2010, 08:42 PM
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I did really want to do it at one point, but my dad wouln't let me anyway, I think it's cos he thinks I don't weigh enough for my age... he's right, but I don't do it on purpose, like you said, gaitedlove, people who consider it are compact, and will be all their lives, and I believe that will be the case with me. But anyway, he kept telling me not to bother, so I'm into NH now and I'm doing veterinary studies too.

Good Luck to those who want to do it, and I'm pretty certain that everyone on this site will support you all the way, you deffinitely have my support. Don't let anybody tell you that you shouldn't do something if you think you are truely suited to it. Just make sure you do your research and are still confident in going into it afterwards.

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