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post #1 of 11 Old 12-20-2012, 05:27 AM Thread Starter
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Have something you always wanted to do but your mind wouldn't let you?

So, this is my friends horse, Pegasus! and boy can he truly fly. We stayed over a friends place for a few days and I rode Peg then we just kinda kept putting the jump up cause he's amazing.

The owner, Courtney, loves jumping and pushed herself to do 110cm (3'7") on Peg. But obviously he is extremely capable and he's easy to ride. It was Courtney that couldn't do it, she has the balance and style and knows what to do, but her mind was not going to let it happen.

So anyway, my point is, has anyone else got something they really want to do and can... but can't... your mind is just flipping out because of it?

I sometimes forget that people are just scared, because I'm not, I do get super nervous and my hearts going a million miles an hour but only in competition, and usually more so when getting the results then doing the actual course/test.

Peg and I - 125cm (4'1") with and without a saddle. I'm dying to do a full course of it and craving to go higher (:
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post #2 of 11 Old 12-20-2012, 10:00 AM
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he is so pretty!
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post #3 of 11 Old 12-20-2012, 12:35 PM
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Wow! Amazing pics-great horse.
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post #4 of 11 Old 12-20-2012, 12:52 PM
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the overprotective mom in me came out with that first pic. barefoot & jumping that big, cringe. Sorry, not trying to dought you or your abilitys. I'm just the type that want to put their kids in bubble wrap & duck tape
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post #5 of 11 Old 12-20-2012, 12:58 PM
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Yup! Eventing. When I was much younger, I SO badly wanted to do that but my brain flat out said "NO!" Now I watch it sometimes and go "Yep, that's why my brain said no." ;)
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post #6 of 11 Old 12-20-2012, 01:00 PM
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I have always wanted to go Skydiving

But for some reason I cannot see myself jumping out of a perfectly good airplane

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post #7 of 11 Old 12-20-2012, 06:37 PM
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I want a life with horses. I want to learn as much as I can. I want to do working student positions, take college equine courses and tons of riding lessons. I am willing to work very hard, but unfortunately I live in an area that's quite remote, and doing these things would largely deviate from the direction my life is taking currently. I want to do medium/high level eventing, and progress in my dressage training, and I want to do a ton of trail riding. I want my own horse.

BUT, I won't let myself. Sure I ride a ton, and train and compete (all other people's horses) and win ribbons, but I can't seem to let myself take the next steps in progressing. I am afraid to take on the commitment of a horse (again), because I am someone who buys a horse but will not sell it again. By only riding/training/competing other peoples horses, I can stay relatively distant from the emotions associated with bonding with my equine partners (but not really). I am afraid of failing my potential horse, by not being a good enough rider, by not doing a good enough job in some way. I have Multiple Sclerosis, and so I never know what sort of turn my health could take at any given time. So I've convinced myself that my horsey dreams are not so important and that I'm going to be a lawyer, just like my parents want me to. Then maybe one day, if I can still walk and am not yet wheel-chair bound, I'll be able to have a horse again.

Truth be told, I'm equally as terrified to NOT pursue my horse-related goals now, lest my health does get worse and I can't ride at all in the future. I guess you just never know until you get there.
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post #8 of 11 Old 12-21-2012, 03:35 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks Crescent and Cacowgirl (: I wish he was mine! haha

littrella - completely understand, thanks for caring!

BBBCrone - have you ever considered getting back into it? yeah, sure 2-4* eventers have bad falls and even deaths, but if you love it, why not do it. I love eventing, I take the risks so I can feel free and over the moon with joy, without eventing my life would still be great, but it just tops it off

SouthernTrailsGA - What if it wasn't a good airplane? Would you jump out then? (;

JaphyJaphy - I'm so sorry to hear that, I hope you can live happy no matter what you do, you only regret the decision you don't make, you can always forgive but you can never go back. It's hard to help you in your future as I don't know you, but I understand how tough that would be, wanting two lives, but not knowing if you're going to make it through one 'properly' but hey, I've seem some pretty amazing para-equestrians, but I hope you don't have to be like that. I guess there's no chance of having a horse while being a lawyer? And with having horses, not being able to sell one, falling in love with them and so scared of them getting hurt. I have to tell my self every day that I have them because It's my life, I look after them as best as I can and it's so unfortunate if something goes wrong but I've done my best and have to let go. as hard as it is, I just have to think of how good the horse had it. Luckily for me I have never had to let go, yet. I've only sold one horse, went to the best home, and my pony is getting older but still strong, I'm never ever letting her go. Good luck, and I hope with what ever you do, don't regret it, what ever you do, worse things can happen.
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post #9 of 11 Old 12-21-2012, 03:41 AM
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If I had the guts I'd have dropped everything a long time ago and gone on the road with my friend to rodeo every week. She is a professional barrel racer, been bugging me and my other friend my age to haul with her for years, even offering to let us borrow horses (she's bloody rich, she franchises about a million fast food restaurants) but dear god I'm terrified of being crushed in the PRCA or leaving home for that long. o.o

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #10 of 11 Old 12-21-2012, 03:55 AM
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My biggest "No way!" is... Jumping! I feel kind of like a sissy for saying that after you posted those pictures, but it's true. It's just something that I have never liked enough to pursue. I never had a bad experience, I never fell off when I was taking h/j lessons, I just didn't like it and I couldn't make myself do it.

Now that I'm a little older, my feelings of "Ehh..." have turned into "Are you nuts?!" I have friends who jump and they are very good. I always try to go to their shows with them. They say I'm their groom and I'm just there to baby the horses, but I love all the shows. Any discipline, it's all very interesting to me. When I watch jumping or cross country, I am on the edge of my seat, biting my nails, and gasping whenever they fall.

It's almost addictive to me, but I'd never, ever actually participate myself. Nope. I like my horse at a walk, sometimes a trot, on special occasions, a canter, and always a whole lot closer to the ground!

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