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post #11 of 27 Old 12-31-2012, 02:54 AM
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.......because i'm the nervous type i don't do shows that well is there any problem with that?
Not weird at all! There's nothing 2nd rate about trail riding.... I think it's tremendous fun!

I believe my horse enjoys it too. He was in long term training as a reiner until I got him and I have really enjoyed watching him learn about things out on the trails. I'll never forget watching him stand for the longest time, contemplating the first boat that he ever saw! I think he enjoys being out on the trails. If I give him a really loose rein, he'll tend to go out faster than he comes back in....

Trail riding can coexist with any other horse riding pursuit or can be your only activity. No problem either way! Just have a good time....
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post #12 of 27 Old 12-31-2012, 11:38 AM
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My mare loves trail riding, I have watched her for the past couple of years and the first time I really noticed it was we were going across a huge bald hill which you could see for miles......we stopped to take in the scenery and I noticed that she was standing there looking around also! Since then there have been many times I've noticed her looking.....going through a bushy trail and in between some of the trees you could see the river, she would turn and look out as we walked by......I'm so happy to see her enjoying the trails as much as I do!

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post #13 of 27 Old 12-31-2012, 12:05 PM
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Why should there be a problem? If you ask me, it's the people who want to perform (not just with horses, but in anything) that are weird.
This promotes acceptance of what everyone wants to do HOW?

It's no more 'weird' to want to show performance horses than it is to want to primarily trail ride.

If we want acceptance for our own sports, we have to be accepting of what others enjoy doing.

I hope you're not someone who sits in front of the TV and watches televised sports. After all, according to you, anyone who wants to performs is 'weird'.
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post #14 of 27 Old 12-31-2012, 12:17 PM
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post #15 of 27 Old 12-31-2012, 12:20 PM
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nothing wrong with performing.....I just don't like to be the center of attention LOL

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post #16 of 27 Old 12-31-2012, 03:57 PM
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In my opinion.....trail riding is the best way to go! Even if you are not a professional rider......you will have experiences that you will never have in an arena. I call it.....confidence building. I took my gelding out with a friend and we got to a creek....didn't know if he would cross it or not? It was actually fun to work him into crossing it. He would reach his head down to check it out....try to turn back...id make him go towards it again....he would sniff....take a drink....back up......after about ten mins. of him investigating i was going to get him to go through it! Well....he decided to go over it...jumped it....i wasnt ready for it and about landed in the creek on my butt. I was able to catch my balance and hold on. I got him to jump it about 6 times! What a rush!!!! Then we started jumping logs.....cant wait for summer! I will be jumping him in the arena and see how he does. I have only had this horse for about 6 mos.....great learning together :) My confidence has gone way up!!!!!
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post #17 of 27 Old 12-31-2012, 05:33 PM
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I don't think so, but then I'm the same way lol! I have friends who barrel race and have encouraged me to join the sport. Thing is, I'm really not the most competitive, and don't like to perform, especially in front of people. I find trail riding to be most enjoyable. I must admit, it presents more challenges than I anticipated and is a sport in and of itself. I'm a nervous one also, but ride time and lessons has helped with that and important, I feel, if you want to be serious in trail riding as it can be dangerous as well but very rewarding.

I have a horse I bought after just a few lessons and I would encourage others to get experienced in their riding first, and get a more broke horse. Mine had really good training foundation under her belt but needed a tuning up. With my inexperience it presented a challenge. However, with diligent effort on my part in learning, and a good trainer for both of us we have managed well enough. Though it probably would have been more pleasant for both of us had things been done differently, I love her to death and wouldn't trade my QH for the world!
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post #18 of 27 Old 01-02-2013, 12:06 AM
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It's no more 'weird' to want to show performance horses than it is to want to primarily trail ride.
Sure it is, at least from my point of view, which is what I was trying to tell the OP. The weirdness is all in one's perspective, so to an unbiased observer it's no more weird to want to trail ride but not show, than it is to devote time & money to showing but never ride outside an arena.

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I hope you're not someone who sits in front of the TV and watches televised sports. After all, according to you, anyone who wants to performs is 'weird'.
Just as a matter of fact, I've never even owned a TV. And yes, I do think most of the people who perform TV sports are weird, and the ones who devote their lives to trying to make it to the big leagues but fail are weirder still.

But this is really two halves of the same question: I don't understand people who want to compete, and I don't understand people who want to sit and watch others doing it. It's the same with everything. For instance, I enjoy going out for a bike ride or a run, and even enjoy trying to beat my own times for a particular course, but don't see why some people like to do organized races.

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I grew up with 3 older sisters that showed horses and did quite well (in my opinion...they did 4-H but also bigger shows a few times a month around the state) and I hated being drug to the shows.

When I met my wife she said something about horses and my reply was "oh, i don't like horses" granted i love my sister's one horse but I wanted nothing to do with waking up at 4am to go to the barn, load the horses, go to a show, wait 4 hours, watch my sister ride for 5min, sit another 2 hours another sister ride...ect...

my wife & her friends do nothing but trail rides and the past couple of years they have done a weekend camping/trail ride. last year I started riding lessons and then in the summer bought myself a horse so I can go with them.

so if it' weird just to trail ride....then i'm as weird as they come


another side note: a LOT less stress & the people seem much more pleasant trail riding as compared to the stress/people at shows (no offense to any of you that show but tempers seem to flare when the competition starts)
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post #20 of 27 Old 01-02-2013, 09:06 PM
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Tim: Your wife is a very lucky lady....the fact that you made an effort to try something that she likes so much. I will never see my husband in a saddle....he absolutely hates horses! Kuddos to you!
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