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post #1 of 7 Old 03-31-2013, 11:27 AM Thread Starter
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Question Why do we do it?

One of the biggest realities for riders who show is that we spend thousands, sometimes even millions, of dollars competing for a ribbon that costs about a dollar to make.
We risk our lives every day, and the less lucky die or could be paralyzed forever. Broken hearts are inevitable, such as losing a horse.
There are so many other things we could do with our lives, but we decide to give it all to our horses.


Disclaimer: I'm not saying we shouldn't. I of course have my own reasons, and wouldn't want anything else than to experience horses. I am just interested in hearing other perspectives.

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post #2 of 7 Old 03-31-2013, 01:53 PM
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I always what else would I do with my life?
If it wasn't horses and showing my money would just be spent on something else. Showing has given me alot over the years, I have a whole big horse show family, it's given me goals, dreams. I don't compete for ribbons, alot of times if I place I win back my entry fees plus some. Not every time though. Mainly it's just a lifestyle we choose to live, like any other person with a hobby that takes up time and money.
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post #3 of 7 Old 03-31-2013, 02:02 PM
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Because it's in our heart and souls.

I've tried to sell out so many bloody times and I just couldn't. Not wouldn't, but couldn't. Because they're just a part of me, no matter how much they frustrate, maim, kick, run over, break my wallet or even, occasionally, love me. LOL

As much heartbreak and frustration they send our way, there are always those moments - when a foal is born, or you reach a break through in your training, you finally reach that rescue horse, see the joy on someone's face when you provide them with their first horse - that makes it up all ten fold.

Being a lifer for horses requires a passion I haven't seen anywhere else.

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post #4 of 7 Old 03-31-2013, 03:06 PM
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Hmmmmmm that's a tuffy question to answer for me and my family. Everything we do we do competively. We race cars, pull tractors, rodeo/race horses. I guess the competion just comes along with everything we do. Heck we even have a tomato competion amongst family. I think some just have a competitive nature. I know plenty of people who have massive collections of cars and tractors that have no desire at all to even share them with anyone and are just as happy.
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post #5 of 7 Old 03-31-2013, 07:15 PM
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I don't thinks its got to do with anything deep inside us. It's just something we like.

It's our hobby. We like it. If we didn't like it we wouldn't do it. Just like how people play soccer, do ballet, play instruments - its something that they enjoy doing.

As far as competing, I used to a bit but not anymore. I don't see the point. I have no need to prove to myself or anyone else that I am better than them, and I have no real desire to win. Beyond that, what is the point of any competition, unless there is a prize worth winning?

Sure people enjoy it and its their choice, and its just another aspect of a hobby, like any other.

As for the money aspect, horses don't have to be that expensive, it comes down to choices you make (like other hobbies). In fact, there are probably quite a few hobbies that can cost more too, like flying or traveling.
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post #6 of 7 Old 03-31-2013, 07:35 PM
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I do it because it keeps me sane..I didn't sneak out to go drink with friends, I snuck out for a solo trail ride when I was younger. If not for horses, I have no doubt that I'd be in prison right now.

I show because I'm highly competitive and look for attention when out in public. Just how I am. I'll have a horse that can't place in anything for a year, and then I'll come back the next few years and blow everyone away.

I could never not have a horse, be it a lease or my own. The only patience I have is with horses and dogs. The most fun and amusement in my life comes from my horse.

I couldn't give up horses, period. It's just what I do, and what I do best (aside from fishing..I'm pretty good at that too lol).
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post #7 of 7 Old 03-31-2013, 09:05 PM
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I don't show, I have not shown since I was a child. I don't think there is anything wrong with a show but its not my thing. Horses are a hobby but they have always been there. I was lucky enough to grow up around horses. Horses are either in your blood or not. There are three kids in my family, horses are in my blood but not my siblings. I try to leave horses but I always find a way back in a year or two at most. Nothing serious, just riding or working them. I don't like the term horse crazy because I don't think I was every obsessed enough to be horse crazy. I just like them and they find their way into my life without me even knowing or planning sometimes. So, if you can't beat 'em join 'em!
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