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post #1 of 32 Old 08-14-2013, 07:44 AM Thread Starter
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Your riding specialization?

Like, dressage, cross country, barrel racing etc.
You can say from both western and english, and multiple ones
I currently have none xD. But I'd like to hear what others specialize in
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post #2 of 32 Old 08-14-2013, 08:14 AM
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Mine used to be hanging on to crazies ;) But I broke too many bones and stopped.

I no longer have my youngster who I was training for dressage, but generally I would say my strengths lie in building horses up that need to get fit. Have my current project and itch to get on her all the time!
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post #3 of 32 Old 08-14-2013, 09:21 AM
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Well, my coach specializes in hunter, but a lot of her theories come from dressage and jumping trainers she has observed/ridden under in the past.

Eventually though, I want to find a dressage coach so that is my desired discipline... along with eventing.

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All of the disciplines sound so fun. xD I wonder if you can specialize in all of them, but I wouldn't go for polo, as I bet it takes much more time to train.
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post #5 of 32 Old 08-14-2013, 09:50 AM
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All of the disciplines sound so fun. xD I wonder if you can specialize in all of them, but I wouldn't go for polo, as I bet it takes much more time to train.

Every discipline takes a lot of time and training to prepare both horse and rider. Polo is no different. Its a lot of fun. I don't compete...yet, but will have small scrimmages with a friend who does compete. I was nervous at first for the horse's legs and my lack of coordination, but you just start slow.
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post #6 of 32 Old 08-14-2013, 10:00 AM
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It's impossible to specialize in every discipline. There's simply not enough time or talent in your lifetime to achieve specialization in everything. Takes a lot of money, too. You'd also need a horse for each and every discipline, as in order to excel they'd have to be used for only that one thing.

Pick the one you like the most, and go from there. The old saying is true; 'A jack of all trades is a master of none.'
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post #7 of 32 Old 08-14-2013, 10:02 AM
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Does trail riding count?

I never owned a horse but my uncle had two that he left me when he passed, that is what they were good at until they passed as well. If I was younger I would probably do barrel racing.
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post #8 of 32 Old 08-14-2013, 12:16 PM
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I specialize in staying on. Just like everything, sometimes I have a few set backs.

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From now on I'm just going to specialize in having fun, too old and now too damaged to be bothered about anything else but SAFE fun

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post #10 of 32 Old 08-14-2013, 12:33 PM
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I specialize in speed/gymkanha events. Barrel Racing, Pole Bending etc.
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