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post #11 of 23 Old 05-26-2014, 04:07 PM
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Dear 13 year old gal,
that white horse is not going to eat you and jsut because he is taller doesn't mean he is any worse. Get on him and have fun - if you are terrified to sit on him you would be surprised to look in the future and see yourself jumping bareback on this bad boy.

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post #12 of 23 Old 05-26-2014, 04:11 PM
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My advice would to be grasp every opportunity with both hands. I feel like younger me (although i'm only 17) missed out on a few things because I was too afraid to fail or make a fool out of myself. Its something I need to remember, don't be afraid, just go for it.
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post #13 of 23 Old 05-26-2014, 08:13 PM
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Dear younger self,
Don't give up on this or anything else important. Stand up for yourself you will surprise yourself and no one will leave because you did (if they do they were not going to stay anyway). Be happy and laugh at life's twists, there will be many, and you should learn to deal with that. It is going to be okay, not great and not your wildest dreams but it will be okay. Don't hate on Harry as much as a yearling. He is an idiot but in a few years and a few hundred miles he will come back to you and be your idiot. You will like him and if he is an idiot and you like an idiot what does that make you?
From older self.
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post #14 of 23 Old 05-26-2014, 11:34 PM
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the older you get the more forgiving you are for your younger self's mistakes, and the more you realize that advice with 20/20 vision from the future is irrelevant, becuase you make the decisions you make at any one time with the vision you have at that time, and they aren't stupid, they are the best you can do. so why would you go back and second guess that?
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post #15 of 23 Old 05-27-2014, 01:13 AM
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*Hands younger self a HUGE book* Here read this, all of it. It will save you so much trouble in the long run... Btw Drake turning into a Demon horse is not just him being naughty young horse, its the saddle you dolt, research saddle fit and buy him a saddle that fits... save you money, head/heart ache and all other riding horses will appreciate it too when you get them fitted too. And NO MINIS!!! Fence destroying, hay burning, money munchers is all they are... Cute yes but not worth it. Focus on your riding horses and you'll be much happier.
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post #16 of 23 Old 05-27-2014, 01:34 AM
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Stay out of the horse business. You're going to find out just how many crooks there really are in this world if you don't. Keep your horses because you enjoy them but STAY IN SCHOOL AND AWAY FROM THE TRACK. Keep a couple of horses and stay in training and keep showing. Breed a couple because you love them, but don't make a living at it. DON'T RIDE THOSE RANK ONES, YOU'RE GOING TO BE REALLY SORRY WHEN YOU'RE 50. Just because you can doesn't mean you should! Smartest thing I ever did was go into law enforcement, but you should push yourself hard to make rank and not be satisfied with mid-level. PUSH, Work hard and SAVE.

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post #17 of 23 Old 05-27-2014, 01:54 AM
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I'd have younger self remind me that falling don't hurt so bad, you are invincible, don't worry about tomorrow, LIVE FOR TODAY!!!

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post #18 of 23 Old 05-27-2014, 07:36 AM
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To the 15 year old me: "Your way is not the only or best way. Neither of those concepts are real."

To the 23 year old me: "Take the TB job in Maryland. Don't go traipsing off to Wyoming." (lol. I still don't know if I'd follow that advice, though)
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post #19 of 23 Old 05-27-2014, 05:32 PM
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Don't get on every crazy pony they push in front of you
But it was such fun and it didn't always hurt when you fell off - only sometimes
Definitely don't marry the good looking charmer that sends you romantic letters every day - he is no good and will change the moment he has that ring on your finger
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post #20 of 23 Old 05-27-2014, 05:38 PM
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horses are like teenagers, you have to get them inline first, and then you have to keep an eye out for when they are pushing boundaries
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