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post #1 of 6 Old 03-06-2013, 07:38 PM Thread Starter
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Never, Never...

give up. I know that we hear that saying all the time, and it just goes in one ear and out the other. We know ok yeah keep going things will get better. But have you ever taken the time to think about it, truly? Never, never give up. It goes right along with "If you don't ask, the answer is always no."

Some of you may know that I just recently bought my dream horse after working with her for two years and fighting hard for my rights to buy her. It was a complicated mess of another girl trying to buy her and the owner potentially giving her way to someone else. But in the end I got her. Because I didn't give up. I can't tell you how much stress it put on me, and those around me who I ranted to, about how I can't lose her. If you want something in life, go after it. Dreams show you what you want, but you have to be willing to put your feet on that road and go after it. Only you can get yourself where you want and need to be.

And it isn't just trying to get something you want. It is working towards a goal. Every one of us are in some sort of stage with our horses, be it training them or training ourselves to be better riders. There is a goal that we are working for. Never, never give up. If you quit now, you are showing your horse that you aren't going to put in the effort to teach him/her the right way to do whatever it is you are doing (be it a half pass, barrels, jumping, trail, etc). If you quit riding or taking those lessons now, you'll never master that two-point or the sitting trot, or some some cases, just how to ride a canter. It is frustrating. It is annoying. It is sometimes full of heartbreak if you are trying something over and over and just not succeeding. Maybe it is simply looking for that perfect horse. But in the end, it can be done.

You may have heard the saying that the journey is better than the destination. Sometimes we just can't see that until we reach that goal. The "here and now" takes precedent over the possibility of what tomorrow will hold. But don't you give up. Keep at it. Keep going. You WILL make it, if you want it badly enough. People tell me that I'm lucky. I'm not lucky. I'm stubborn. I'm determined. And in the end I always get what I want because I don't stop fighting, I don't stop trying, I don't stop for anything until I have it. Anyone can do it. There is always a way. There is always a chance. Don't be afraid to step back and look at the bigger picture of what you are trying to do. You may just see some hidden road that wasn't there before because you were so focused on the problem and not the solution. Anyone can achieve their goals if you try.

And in the end, you'll end up a better person. You learn from your own mistakes. Have a problem horse that just won't leave the pasture? After so many failed trials, you finally find a solution that works. When trying to make the light bulb Thomas Edison was called a failure. He said, "I didn't fail. I found 1000 ways how not to do it." And in the end, he found one that worked. Just as I did. And just as you will.

So keep at it. Your dreams may be just around the corner.

~He knows when you're happy
~He knows when you're comfortable
~And he always knows when you have carrots.
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post #2 of 6 Old 03-06-2013, 08:35 PM
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Thank you for the encouragement! I needed that! I am trying to figure out going to college (20 years old, homeschooled). I am freaked out about going through with it.
I go off to BC this summer for an internship working with Akhal-Teke horses, exercising, training, stable work. I will be flying for the first time ever to get there, by myself. I will be the farthest away that I have ever been from all my family. Then when I get done there I have to decide what I am doing until I go to college.
For college I have to get my GED. The thought of going for that scares me.
Growing up is scary. Making decisions is scary.
All the encouragement I can get is awesome! Thank you!
BTW, I am so happy for you that you got your horse! Many happy trails to the both of you!

I figure if a girl wants to be a LEGEND, she should just go ahead and be one. ~Calamity Jane
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post #3 of 6 Old 03-07-2013, 04:14 PM Thread Starter
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Oh wow sounds like you've got alot going on, and alot of stress and big decisions to make! I wish you the best and like I said, just don't give up. You'll make it and look back on this and laugh at how stressed you were then (now). But in the end, you'll end up just where you need to be. This is an amazing journey you are setting out on. Take that outlook. You are going to have so much fun with everything. College is a BLAST (I graduated a year ago) and getting to work with horses all the time? You are blessed and going to go places. Don't stop believing. You've got alot to learn, but you'll make it!
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PS: I like your name. It's clever! :)

~He knows when you're happy
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PS: I like your name. It's clever! :)

~He knows when you're happy
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post #6 of 6 Old 03-07-2013, 07:58 PM
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Thank you! My two passions are horses and music. I play and teach guitar. It seemed to fit together well.

As far as stress and then looking back on it and all. I did that when I was first wanting to move away from home. I was totally stressed out about it, now it's not so bad. It does help majorly that I am living with my sister and brother-in-law. A little bit of home to start me out.
I know it will work out, I will make it work out. What ever door life opens up to me I hope I see clearly enough to walk through it. I have an incredible opportunity going out to BC! They raise and endurance race Akhal-Tekes, which is a rare breed that I have been interested in for a while now. I 'by chance' found their website and they had posted that they were looking for an intern.
I have had a lot of encouragement from friends to go to college. One friend said this, "It's not about what job you can get at the end of your course. It's about finding a new way of thinking." She is a highly educated lady (my guitar teacher's wife), I think she is a biologist, and she lives in the one of the tiniest towns in SK. She works from her home and is a instrument luthier, as well as running a small music store with her husband.
Now obviously she isn't saying that I should just go for the craziest courses with no chance ever of getting a job for it, but just not to base what course I go to on what job I can get from it.

I am looking into Olds College Equine Sciences, probably majoring in either western or english riding and then maybe returning for farrier school. They are both two year courses.

On a less scary note, I will probably be going back to riding lessons soon! I am very excited about that! I am going to be learning english. Actually my instructor is an Olds College graduate (I ask her advice on the college after finding that out). Lots of fun!

I figure if a girl wants to be a LEGEND, she should just go ahead and be one. ~Calamity Jane
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