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post #21 of 23 Old 09-19-2010, 01:46 AM
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Hearing you talk about a "lack of rewards", I think yes, you should get out of it. Unless you are speaking of emotional rewards...which I hope you are. If that is the case, then perhaps talk candidly with your mother about her minis, and stop showing for a while. If you are getting frazzled with showing/life...guess what, he's going to reflect that in his behaviour around you. Just something to keep in mind.

I suggest...meditation, lots of hot tea and long grooming sessions.

Also, iff you need to "work the crap" out of Cowboy to get him to "stop being a jerk", that tells me there are training issues/miscommunication going on which need to be addressed before adding the stress of a show on top of it all.

Whatever you do, don't act rashly. You may give him up in a surge of emotional passion and then end up really regretting it.
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post #22 of 23 Old 09-20-2010, 12:49 AM
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Originally Posted by PaintsPwn View Post
...but I want out of horses.

I don't enjoy it anymore it seems. It's so much work to be ever so lacking in rewards. I went to my first APHA show and rode the CRAP out of Cowboy the first day to try and get him from being a jerk. The day of our classes, he warmed up perfectly and as soon as we were under the judge's eyes - he just freaking decided to be a mule. So, instead of expending $28 on two more classes each - I scratched. I thought this horse and I had a bond, but I guess that's just roses, glitter and fairy tales. I haven't quite decided what I'm going to do with him yet. I had someone who knew his sire very well tell me I needed to be on him an hour before the class and just working him and working him, before I informed them "I was on him an hour and a half before that class ever showed signs of starting."

The miniatures were my mom's deal and I'm the only one who ever works them, clips them, gets them ready for show. It's crap! We HAD a futurity tomorrow, but since she never bought a pair of actual body clippers I'm struggling to tear through pony coats with an A5. I walked in twenty minutes ago and told her to forget about it - I wasn't going. I'm sick of being the only one getting HER HORSES ready while she's in here playing farmville/frontierville/doucheland whatever. I love Viking to death, he's an awesome mini and the only one I want to keep. The rest can go or she can take care of them.

I'm absolutely tired of this. All of it.

At my first year at fair, Athena was a complete mess. We didn't win a thing, and she was so green it wasn't even funny. I didn't blame her for it because she didn't know any better. But I still didn't have fun, at all. Two years later, I went again just for ****s and giggles, and she was awesome. I still didn't win anything (), but for me that's not what it's all about. I may not have won anything, but she was a complete angel the entire time, and I was so proud.

I think you should go to one more show. If your horse is still acting the way he did last time then maybe he just isn't the show horse you need. I don't think you truly want to erase horses from your life. You mentioned that you wanted to keep one of the minis. Maybe you should start fresh with minis? Use Cowboy as your trail horse, or maybe just give him a break for a while? Lease him out? At least, get your Mom to help you with the minis.

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post #23 of 23 Old 09-20-2010, 02:06 AM
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lolz ((hugs)) its ok take a break stop showing i know i did i just didn't have fun at all im a competitive person so when i lost i got angrey so i stoped showing!

i got thrown once and stoped riding for a LONG time!! but now im back with the best horse that i could ask for! now this may seem odd but i rode him a few lessons with a saddle and all that but he didn't like it as much i ride just me and him bare back and he LOVES it perfectly responsive and everything! so mabye you need to try somthing new! i'm not saying bareback is what you should do but something new like you show now go trail riding or somthing or just hang around with your horse! i love riding but i LOVE grooming its relaxing and it makes my boy shiney!! mabye you should try just grooming till your content go on a relaxing ride take a deep breath of fresh air >3< its awsom!

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