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post #1 of 47 Old 09-27-2020, 01:57 PM Thread Starter
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Just for fun- What discipline have you always wanted to try?

I came across this quick article on GoHorseShow.com
https://gohorseshow.com/2020/09/we-a...wanted-to-try/

How about you guys?
If age, time and money wasn't a factor, what discipline would you like to try? Maybe just once? Or if you could go back and do things again would you have spent your time and effort into a completely different discipline?
Why?
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post #2 of 47 Old 09-27-2020, 02:24 PM
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Hmm...I discipline I would want to try is combined driving. I think it looks super exciting, and also very difficult. I think it would be a just once or twice thing, and then I would return to what I like to do otherwise.

If I were to go back in time though, I would want to start in dressage and skip pleasure shows all together. I think the pleasure shows ingrained some bad habits in me, and also gave me a poor training mindset (winning > proper training). Starting in dressage would have given me a smoother transition into what I want to do now, eventing.

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post #3 of 47 Old 09-27-2020, 02:30 PM
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To show 3- and 5-gaited Saddlebreds.

I've ridden a few and they are the people- pleasingest horses around.

I always suspected the big smiles of the riders at shows were fake, but when I got to ride some I always broke into a big smile. Great gaits. Curious and intelligent.
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Hands down - Cutting!

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post #5 of 47 Old 09-27-2020, 02:47 PM
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Endurance riding.
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post #6 of 47 Old 09-27-2020, 02:49 PM
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Polo looks like a lot of fun.
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post #7 of 47 Old 09-27-2020, 02:56 PM
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Mounted combat! Archery, jousting, swordfighting, etc...

Or more realistically, showjumping. I might try that fairly soon.

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post #8 of 47 Old 09-27-2020, 03:04 PM
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Och! Just the one!


Endurance, no other reason than it looks like great fun.

There's a few that I would like to have continued and taken to the next level.

Eventing, Hunter Trials or Working Hunter classes. I lost my love for jumping in my twenties and if I'd my time again, I think I'd like to have another try at them.

Showing Highlands, ridden, in-hand or working harness.

Driving, a relative had Cleveland Bays and Clydesdales and I'd love to have a team.

Horse Archery, I combined both of my sports on one occasion and I wish I'd done it sooner and kept it going!

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To show 3- and 5-gaited Saddlebreds.

I've ridden a few and they are the people- pleasingest horses around.

I always suspected the big smiles of the riders at shows were fake, but when I got to ride some I always broke into a big smile. Great gaits. Curious and intelligent.

Have you gotten to ride a true saddleseat horse? I haven't ridden a full saddlebred, but used to ride and show a National Show Horse (saddlebred x arab) and a couple of full Arabs, and I will tell you that every big smile in the show ring is 100% real.

I recently got to ride my friend's new saddleseat Arabian, after not riding saddleseat for 5 years, and my gosh, the rush. His trot was the most spectacular I've ridden, and his canter was like being on a giant rocking horse. My face hurt from smiling so hard, and my legs were shaking after I got off.

A lot of people disagree with saddleseat, but the feeling on an amazing saddleseat horse isn't comparable to much.

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post #10 of 47 Old 09-27-2020, 04:11 PM
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Cutting looks like a blast and a half. But what I have dreamed of is being a Long Rider.

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