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post #1 of 21 Old 12-15-2011, 03:42 PM Thread Starter
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Why do you ride?

I know there are dozens of threads about this, but I just thought, for curiosity's sake, I'd bring it up again, mostly because I'm bored.

Frankly, I have no clue why I ride or work around horses. They're big, strong, dangerous, flighty, stupid creatures, but they bring me the most happiness of anything in the world.

Why do you ride and/or work with horses? What keeps you going back, even though you know there's the very real possibility that you can die or be permanently maimed every time you step in one's presence?

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post #2 of 21 Old 12-15-2011, 03:45 PM
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I personally love the fact that at any time, things can go wrong with my horse. I think I keep coming back because of the bond I've grown to have.

And personally I'd rather work with a problem horse rather than an already trained horse.

Even though people in my school put me down for riding (there about 4 barns that right next to the school) no one understands why it's such a big deal in my life. I just put their mean comments off to the side and go to the barn haha. Posted via Mobile Device
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post #3 of 21 Old 12-15-2011, 03:59 PM
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I ride for him. I want him to be happy and fit and feel really good. And I ride for myself, to exercise and whatnot. But I really love spending time with him, learning together.. he has made me a better person =)
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post #4 of 21 Old 12-15-2011, 03:59 PM
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I love the working relationship with the animal. My mare and I were born to be together and we just click. My 9 month old colt and I are bonded, but our relationship has just begun. I ride for pleasure and don't show or do work with horses. Funny, I never think of the danger, although I am probably more careful than some other people I know.
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post #5 of 21 Old 12-15-2011, 04:26 PM
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I ride for pleasure and to get away from everyday life. It feels like getting back to the way it used to be long ago.

I like working with horses because they can grasp concepts better than some people.
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post #6 of 21 Old 12-15-2011, 04:28 PM
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Horses give without resentment or keeping score.

My workout - mental and physical.
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post #7 of 21 Old 12-15-2011, 04:34 PM
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I am absolutely honored that such a beautiful creature that outweighs me by 1000 lbs not only goes along with my agenda, but apparently enjoys the rides as much as I do. I ride because it gives me nothing but happiness.
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You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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post #8 of 21 Old 12-15-2011, 05:17 PM
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I ride because...it's sublime. When you get it, when you reach that point of sublime, of indescribable, raw, surging emotion and joy and elation and incredible freedom, all the hard work and frustration and tears and pain and sweat you went through is worth it.

That feeling I get when my horse I'm galloping flat out comes back to me with nothing but a shift of my weight and a word..
That feeling I get when my horse makes the most flawless canter departure..
That feeling I get when I'm loping around a turn, when I can feel the horse drop its weight back onto its haunches just as I am doing in my seat, and take the corner perfectly balanced and responsive..
That feeling I get loping down a wide, flat field bareback with my hair blowing and the summer sunset casting long shadows of horse and rider..
That feeling I get when my horse stops dead from a canter with nothing more than a change in weight from my seat..

There is just something about that feeling that is so simple and common, yet makes my heart sing for days afterwards. There is something about that feeling that nothing else in the world can match.
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post #9 of 21 Old 12-15-2011, 05:38 PM
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People don't get why or how, I'm terrified of ocean or river water (there's live things that swim in there. Big, live swimmy things. One might touch me. ), but would hop on a green three year old with a bad reputation with no fear. I'm not even sure I fully know why.

But, horses are what I know, it's the sport I prefer, and it's what I'm good at. So it's stuck.

The partnership, the care, the responsibility, the athletic requirements, the learning, is all worth it. It's a beautiful sport.

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post #10 of 21 Old 12-15-2011, 05:42 PM
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I continue riding because its my life. I grew up around horses and the exposure i had to them just grew on me. I find that some horses aren't stupid. My old mare was one of the smartest horses i knew. I swore she could read minds.

But I ride because of the adrenaline i get. When I'm at shows, I never get nervous. I just get that adrenaline flowing and I know this is where I want to be and what I want to do. Its like soccer, you don't really get nervous..You just get your heart racing and the adrenaline flowing when you're about to score. And to me i never got that feeling in soccer. But I do when I ride horses, and thats when I know this is the right thing for me. A perfect match.

But I also ride horses because I love the bond between my horse and I. I can't even begin to explain it but its an unbreakable bond. Nothing ever can change that. I don't care if he breaks my leg, I took the risk and I would face the consequences. But hey, at least it was doing something I love. When I die, I want to be surrounded by horses. Well, not literally but I still want them in my life. I want it to be apart of my life for many years to come and when I do eventually die, i want them to be there for me. Because I know if humans wont be there for me, My horses always will.

In the end, all the blood, sweat and tears are worth it. And I wouldn't change it for the world
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