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    10-06-2012, 11:13 AM
  #21
Weanling
I agree with all the posts. I myself am facing the decision of where my horse career is going after I go to college. I have always planned on medical school, but new opportunities have come up for me to train horses as a career. Do I want to live where I do currently forever? Hell no. Do I want to have horses in my life until I die? Absolutely. Do I want to practice medicine and save lives? Yes, I've always wanted to be a surgeon. My parents have provided me with a fund (bless them) so that in addition to the college money they have been saving for me, I have a little saved money to help out with the cost of keeping Drummer while in college, and it gives me a couple more years to figure out exactly what I am going to do with my life.

Bottom line, don't judge anyone at face value. Just because they quit riding to move on to better things (or not..) doesn't necessarily make them better or worse, but you should probably just give them the benefit of the doubt. And also, just because you love something so dearly and you revolve your life around it (yes , I do as well, I'm out there after school for hours, even while taking 3 AP and all honors, I choose horses over sleeping and everyday, which I feel is the pinnacle of obsession) doesn't mean that its so amazing that everyone else doesn't do the same. I feel that actually the problem you should be looking at is why it bothers you so much, rather than why those people have stopped riding.
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    10-06-2012, 11:14 AM
  #22
Weanling
Not sure why it double posted. Sorry.
     
    10-06-2012, 12:35 PM
  #23
Weanling
I actually do this a lot. I am really not a big rider anymore. I have my 2 mares who can be left for a few months and then you hop on them with no problems. So I guess I am allowed to do this lol
I used to have dreams of going Grand Prix in dressage but recently I lost interest in being so uptight and trying to work through my own personal lameness that it is just isn't going to happen for me anymore. I had a very minor tear behind my left knee that has left me with gnarly pains if I overdue it. My left hip also pops out of place while riding sometimes and then that lames me up for a few days to where I can't even walk.
So instread of pushing myself I decided to go a different route (still with horses) and become a nutritionist and breeding specialist. Hopefully I will make enoough money to hire someone to ride my horses for me. Except Tina.. She's my baby. =]
     
    10-06-2012, 12:36 PM
  #24
Yearling
Life, not everyone is that interested into horses. I got out of it kinda for about a year we didn't ride much my horse was out on pasture just getting fat. I saw her everyday pretty much but I wasn't riding her. I have other interests besides horses and barrel racing, though to me my horses come first. Most of my friends have lost interests over the years for various reasons. I still talk to and hang out with most of them. Horses might me why we met and started talking, but that's not why we become friends in the first place. I own my friends old horse who she neglected for a long time before finally selling, she decided she wanted to pursue college and move on with life. I don't agree with the horse being neglected and I'm afraid it might have caused me issues with horse but me and her are still friends because I like her as a person and we get along.
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    10-06-2012, 12:42 PM
  #25
Green Broke
I haven't ridden in nearly a month or so. My horse sliced his leg open and it still hasn't healed, so he's out. I have plenty of other horses I could ride but all of them are fat, unworked pasture puffs and I just don't feel like dealing with them.

By the time I feed the 2 horses boarded at my place, all our pigs, chickens, goats, turkeys and cows, then drive to the barn, clean 6 stalls and the barn, doctor my horse and an injured pony, prepare all the evening feeds and water buckets..... all I want to do is go take a nap and I still have kids at home to feed, clean up after, cook for and do homework with.

It's life...

Not like my horse is horrifically upset that he is standing around in a pretty pasture with TWO run-ins to choose from and his favorite stall at night with tons of fluffy bedding. Only thing that upsets him if he thinks another horse got better feed than he did!
     
    10-06-2012, 06:18 PM
  #26
Weanling
Normally I ride 3-5 days of the week, at least an hour each time. I go through periods where I don't feel like riding, but I make myself go out at least once a week. No matter how lazy I'm feeling, once I'm settled in the saddle and we're headed out I feel just right. It's like, "Why didn't I want to get out and do this again?" Every time... it's kind of funny.
     

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