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    10-10-2008, 02:51 AM
Thumbs down Venting

I'm really frustrated now, nothing ever seems to work out for me. I have my horse for 2 years now and nothing is working out, I really like him and we are going really well but no judges ever get to see it.

I took him to pony camp when I had only had him 3 weeks, it went really well but he got an absess in his leg and we missed the gymkhana. After camp for a few months there are lots of gymkhanas, I decided I would ride someone elses horse because we were still a bit new and he is a very difficult horse to sport on and I didn't want to push myself.

I took him to a gymkhana earlier this year and we did really well, I was very happy with how he went but we placed really badly because I have only been riding since I was 11 and am compeating against people who have been riding since they were born, I know I shouldn't expect to be as good as them but I'm sure they don't put in nearly as much effort as I do and they still do really well.

I took him to camp again this year, it was my last year before I become an assosiate and I'm not sure I will go back to pony club. He was going really well and I was sure we would do really well at the gymkhana but because Mum refuses to shoe him he went lame and we missed it again. This year I was lucky enough to get to ride my instructors horse but it just wasn't the same.

I gues the point of this rant was that I am really frustrated because nothing ever seems to go to plan.

Sorry it went for so long, chocolate cookies for any one who manages to read all this.
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    10-10-2008, 07:59 AM
Green Broke
Yummy cookie, thankyou.

You said you've been riding since you were 11, how old are you now, if you don't mind me asking?

I know some people who have been riding since they were tiny tots, and believe me they haven't improved any! They're terrible...
Do you go to gymkhana's to win or to take part. What I'm trying to say, is maybe your trying a little to hard. Try to enjoy yourself. It sometimes makes the world of difference. You'll get there, I promise. Just relax and try to enjoy.

Why did he go lame? Is he footsore without shoes?

I pinched two cookies! Bang goes the diet again!
    10-10-2008, 10:42 AM
I'm reminded of a conversation with a friend while I was watching her exercise her gorgeous TBxHanoverian dressage beauty ...

Me: You're sooooo much better than I am.
Her: I've been riding for fourteen years and you've been riding for a month. If I'm not better than you, then something's really really wrong!
    10-10-2008, 04:52 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by claireauriga    
Me: You're sooooo much better than I am.
Her: I've been riding for fourteen years and you've been riding for a month. If I'm not better than you, then something's really really wrong!

That was a bit mean....
    10-10-2008, 05:38 PM
Originally Posted by Gingerrrrr    
that was a bit mean....
Not really, she was just saying how her and a friend had a convo. It basicly ment that her friend and everyone els has to work really hard at this kind of sport. It takes years to get where you really want to be. Yah there are some of those lucky ones that can hop on a horse for the first time and be freakin amazing! But I've noticed while teaching kids, that the ones who did dance and gymnastics were really good at the start becuase of their experiance with balance. It also helps to have a good teacher!

I know how you feel lizzie, I took lessons when I was 7 yrs was really good. Had to stop, got back to riding when I was 18 have been riding for three years sraight and I feel like im at the bottom of the riding scale in my barn! My BO told all us girls that we were going to show this whole summer. We took a group show prep lesson every week for the whole summer. We went to watch one show, but NEVER competed. We spent all that money learning how to solute a judge W/T/C, jump, patterns (stuff we already new). And for what? To watch some show that we were at for no more then an hour.

Im in the exact same boat as you, but I've relized that. Its going to be just you and your horse you go as far you he will take you, even if its to the top! And remember some of those girls who got blue ribbons, they didnt always place that way they had their turn to be last.

Wooo sorry now this was long ^_^
    10-10-2008, 08:18 PM
Thanks everyone, I am 17. I do go to shows to have fun and I'm sure I am improving, the one thing that really gets me down is that after the horse flu I went to a gymkhana and it was the first one since the lockdown and all the girls in my age group were talking about how they hadn't ridden for almost a year, I had continued to ride 5 times a week and put lots of effort in but they were still better than me.

My horse just gets sore on hard ground without shoes on so the week at camp didn't do him any good. The one good thing that came out of it is I was rather proud of myself for getting one a compleatly new very green horse for the gymkhana.
    10-10-2008, 09:07 PM
Why dosent your mom want shoes on him? If its making him lame then he needs them or it could do long term damage...
Ok this might be a really lame question but what is gymkhana? I don't really even know what pony club is. I missed all that good stuff 4H, pony club, drill team...
    10-10-2008, 10:33 PM
Well, mum dosen't want him shoed because she did a barefoot workshop and learnt how to do barefoot trimming which is supposed to be better. My horse is generally fine without shoes because the ground at home isn't that hard but at the show ground the ground the is very hard so he got sore after being ridden there for a whole week.

A gymkhana is a pony club thing, you do hack, rider, pairs, bareback, sporting and sometimes team of 4 and jumping.

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