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        01-02-2013, 09:16 PM
      #21
    Weanling
    For me it wasn't as much hating horses....it was the people & the crazy horses that people often buy because it looks flashy

    Still hate the $$ that goes into them (standing out there eating away today's paycheck not thinking twice)

    But she has shown me a side of horses that I really enjoy, and now i'm the one nagging lets go riding. And for all of you wives that think "hubby never will" get him some riding lessons and on a gaited horse. I liked riding the regular horses but dang that gaited is smooooooth
         
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        01-02-2013, 10:12 PM
      #22
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by grullagirl    
    I will never see my husband in a saddle....he absolutely hates horses!
    Strange how often that's the case. Even my riding buddy/teacher: her husband doesn't actually hate the horses - he'll feed them carrots, scratch their ears, and so on - but I've seen him on a horse maybe once in the decade or more that I've known them.
         
        01-03-2013, 04:43 AM
      #23
    Green Broke
    Is it weird (or wrong) to be "just" a trail rider? No.

    Why is something weird? It's because it is different. There's nothing wrong with being different. My wife likes veggies and I don't. That doesn't make one of is weird or wrong. It's just that we have a difference in what we like or our preferences.

    You will come across some show people that may think its wrong because the horse isn't being used to its full potential. They think that there should be more purpose for the horse than just going down a trail. Now, I'm not saying that is how all show people are.

    If trail riding is what you enjoy, go for it. There are many of us that only do that. I don't mind competition but I don't want to compete in shows. When I ride, it's for relaxation. I get enough stress at work. There's nothing wrong or weird about that. It's just my choice.

    So don't feel bad or embarrassed about "just" trail riding if that's what you want to do.
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        01-03-2013, 02:37 PM
      #24
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by usandpets    
    You will come across some show people that may think its wrong because the horse isn't being used to its full potential. They think that there should be more purpose for the horse than just going down a trail.
    The question in my mind, though, is how many of those show people would be interested in using the horse to its full potential* if no one was watching? Take out all the competition, spectators, ribbons, and whatnot, so that the "show" is (and always will be!) just them and the horse doing stuff in a ring laid out in the back pasture: would they still want to do it? Or is the horse just a tool they're using to get whatever they get out of competing?

    *As if riding 10 miles or more on mountain trails, or across country with bears, mountain lions, and suchlike isn't using more potential than doing pretty collected trots around a level arena.
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        01-03-2013, 03:10 PM
      #25
    Green Broke
    No, I don't think they would. There isn't the thrill, adrenaline rush, or excitement.
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        01-03-2013, 09:30 PM
      #26
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by grullagirl    
    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!
    He doesn't know what he's missing... . Hope he comes around someday...
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        01-04-2013, 11:29 AM
      #27
    Foal
    There is absolutely nothing wrong with just trail riding!
    I used to show for many years a long time ago, but always trailed.
    I now enjoy taking my horses on the trails around home, and
    I even manage to get them to the state parks that are not too far
    Away. I find a lot more enjoyment now with them this way - there is
    ZERO desire to show anymore. Any way you enjoy them, is perfect.
         

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