Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Western Pennsylvania
Personally..I'm not seeing why you can't play team sports and maybe go for a hack out in the pasture or jump a course on the weekends?
While I wish I would've had everything you have now when I was 13, I don't believe you're being ungrateful. Obviously it's a hard decision to make if you're posting about it.
But, you don't have to ride or even see your horse everyday (especially if you board and maybe someone else does feed/stall).
I want horses to end up being my full-time career once I have my own ranch..but instead, right now, I get to stand outside in all weather as a human stop sign to PAY for my horse. I can see why a couple members think you're being ungrateful since we don't have that, but I really don't think they realize your age..I wanted to play football from the time I was 5 years old..It kills me to this day (I'm only 19 now) that my mother refused to let me. My original dream was to become the first female in the NFL, and I still whole-heartedly believe I could've made it had I gotten the experience. Maybe I wouldn't have dropped out of college had I had something extra-curricular.
But definitely try to do something elae but grid work and flower boxes if it's boring..maybe ditch the instructor for awhile and just play around.
I've been up to the barn saturday, sunday, monday, tuesday, and wednesday this week..I'm suppose to be putting furazone on my mare's barbwire cuts, but I just didn't feel like it today. If it was going to kill her to not have it, I'd have slapped the stuff on and left. Today was not a day to go see my horse because I probably would've beat the crap out of her if she was in a mood..so I made it a point to NOT go up because it wouldn't have ended well for either of us. We'd both have been miserable, and that's not what I want out of my horse..if I'm in a pissy mood, I don't go to the barn. If I'm reallyyyy happy, I don't go to the barn because with my luck she'd be a lunatic and my day would be ruined. I only go to the barn on days when I have the patience and decent mood to train, because that's what she needs. Even a trail is a gamble with her because I haven't taken her out alone yet..I think she'll do perfectly fine, but do I want it to ruin my day if she's bad? Nope.
But if I'm sad...I know she'll do as I ask and not be a beast. She understands that I'm not going to ask much of her aside from respect because I just want to spend some time with my best friend.
But, you're the only one that can decide these types of things. I do believe that all teens should be in a sport with a team at some point to raise their confidence and help them learn to work together with a team. I have that problem because my few years of a team sport was ruined because the coach didn't like that I wasn't "bubbly" enough and benched me half of each game even though every parent there referred to me as the best player the team had. That doesn't normally happen though and I wish I'd have gotten thw chance to play football..then I could've retired to my hundred acre ranch, lol. But..go play a team sport, I'd keep horses as a weekend sport. I know I'd be out of horses in a flash if I HAD to ride my horse 6 days/week training, I'd lose it. I make sure I don't get to that point though, because I love horses..especially my 'tude mares, haha.
But..point being, it is something you have to decide for yourself. You have ample time to get back into horses later in life if you miss them; it's a lot harder to get back into team sports though, I think.
Goodluck with whatever you choose though. (:
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