First and foremost, move if needed. I chose to post here hoping maybe some younger and older folks will chime in.
Here's the short story, she's 8 and has been riding rodeos and open shows for 3 years. Broke her first pony and is more or less self/ home taught.
This year is her first year 4h. And well, she just doesn't fit in, or perticulary enjoy riding with the kids she's in the township with.
She's very outgoing and can make friends every and anywhere. The 4h meetings, is a whole nother story. A few girls have talked to her, then she ran today at practice. All the sudden she's friendless. Her and her pony are easily the fastest in our township, and she's new. None of the other kids run rodeo or open so they seem happy where they are. But I feel and see that our daughter isn't having fun. Now take her to a rodeo or open show and she's all smiles and will ride all night.
I'm considering her dropping 4h next year. She will finish what she starts. Rodeos pay more, she likes them better, and are what we know. I hate to say it, but the whole 4h thing seems to rub her wrong just because of the people. I honestly seen a handful of things today, that everyone else seemed to think was ok, that turns me off to it also. Bad mannered horses, lots of em.
She's got plenty of friends, rides well, loves rodeos, gets top grades in school, handles and cares for her horse. Oh and is national champion baton twirler along with a local rodeo money maker.
My real question, I suppose that's the background story, is should we push 4h? I get it, I agree with it, but is it productive In this case?
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