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post #31 of 67 Old 03-24-2016, 05:55 PM
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IMO at your level I think they are a great way for you to see your own progress. Going to a few pony club level shows will show you that you can hold your own with others of the same level and if you watch everyone you can learn things as well. Certainly start with an attitude of having fun and learning and see whether you like it or not. Have a go at some dressage events, different again from showing and can be very satisfying. At some point you will decide you really want to do these things or not.
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IMO at your level I think they are a great way for you to see your own progress. Going to a few pony club level shows will show you that you can hold your own with others of the same level and if you watch everyone you can learn things as well. Certainly start with an attitude of having fun and learning and see whether you like it or not. Have a go at some dressage events, different again from showing and can be very satisfying. At some point you will decide you really want to do these things or not.
Thanks for the advice! Definitely sounds like a great idea! I think I would be intimidated as a new rider, but would love to attend a few events. I also think (and hope) it would be an excellent way to build more knowledge and experience.
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Thanks for the advice! Definitely sounds like a great idea! I think I would be intimidated as a new rider, but would love to attend a few events. I also think (and hope) it would be an excellent way to build more knowledge and experience.
Not to mention spending time with other horse people like yourself. That can be a LOT of fun. If you're anything like me, not everyone understands your new horse obsession. Some of my co-workers and friends often make comments to the effect that they can't really picture me as a horse person. Others are very supportive of course, but spending time with people who understand why you're so passionate about pursuing this is really nice. And yes, sharing experiences means the potential to gain a lot of knowledge.
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Not to mention spending time with other horse people like yourself. That can be a LOT of fun. If you're anything like me, not everyone understands your new horse obsession. Some of my co-workers and friends often make comments to the effect that they can't really picture me as a horse person. Others are very supportive of course, but spending time with people who understand why you're so passionate about pursuing this is really nice. And yes, sharing experiences means the potential to gain a lot of knowledge.
Yeah--nobody in my family rides or have been around horses. When I told my mom she was so....unsupportive. It is frustrating when there isn't anybody around you who you can share the bond, passion, and excitement with.
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Yeah--nobody in my family rides or have been around horses. When I told my mom she was so....unsupportive. It is frustrating when there isn't anybody around you who you can share the bond, passion, and excitement with.
That can be hard. You should see my parents. The MOST un-horsey like people you'll ever meet. My colleagues (I have a pretty white-collar job) also think I've lost my mind. They can't believe I shovel manure.

Hang in there. You'll meet new people who get why you're so excited about this.

My husband even thought I was just going through a "phase" initially. When I told him I've thought about it, and I've decided I want horses and I want to build a barn in our backyard, he thought I'd change my mind. I was patient and he eventually realized I was serious. With time, he became more and more supportive and is now totally on board (it helps that I made the barn twice as big so he can put his tractor in there). Mostly, I think he sees how happy I am when I come back from the barn. When people see that this makes you happy, the ones who truly care about you will become supportive. But yeah, make horse friends too. :)
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That can be hard. You should see my parents. The MOST un-horsey like people you'll ever meet. My colleagues (I have a pretty white-collar job) also think I've lost my mind. They can't believe I shovel manure.

Hang in there. You'll meet new people who get why you're so excited about this.

My husband even thought I was just going through a "phase" initially. When I told him I've thought about it, and I've decided I want horses and I want to build a barn in our backyard, he thought I'd change my mind. I was patient and he eventually realized I was serious. With time, he became more and more supportive and is now totally on board (it helps that I made the barn twice as big so he can put his tractor in there). Mostly, I think he sees how happy I am when I come back from the barn. When people see that this makes you happy, the ones who truly care about you will become supportive. But yeah, make horse friends too. :)

Yes! I definitely think my family is looking at me like I am going through a phase, especially because I am 23. My bet friends grandparents had a barn with a few horses and we hung out there often. It was VERY informal and now that I am taking lessons I can't believe a lot of the ways his grandparents tried "teaching" us. Never have I had formal lessons. This was years ago--ever since I just developed a longing to do it and learn so much about horses. Years went by and I still feel the same--passionate about something I know very little about. So I believe it is safe to say it isn't a phase. When my instructor first interviewed me she asked what is it I want out of lesson. I told her I can go anywhere in Chicago for little trail rides that are super cheap. I want to learn. Hence I chose my instructor living in Indiana (45 minutes from Chicago) to gain...more. Just--more.
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We're very similar! I am 24 and started riding a little less than a year ago. No one in my family has ever been around horses. They don't even know the difference when I say I ride english instead of western lol. And posting trot? You'd think I was speaking another language haha. I started out at a super small barn where I learned everything from handling and tacking up and then switched to a show barn a couple months ago where I do group jumping lessons with other adult riders. Heck a year ago I never would have thought I could jump over a fence on a horse! I hope to show just to experience it. I think as long as you have the passion and dedication you can go anywhere!!! Good luck and have fun :)
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We're very similar! I am 24 and started riding a little less than a year ago. No one in my family has ever been around horses. They don't even know the difference when I say I ride english instead of western lol. And posting trot? You'd think I was speaking another language haha. I started out at a super small barn where I learned everything from handling and tacking up and then switched to a show barn a couple months ago where I do group jumping lessons with other adult riders. Heck a year ago I never would have thought I could jump over a fence on a horse! I hope to show just to experience it. I think as long as you have the passion and dedication you can go anywhere!!! Good luck and have fun :)
That's awesome. So you've never had any sort of experience prior to almost A year ago? That's great progress, I'd say, in under a year!!

Stories like that give me such encouragement. I want to jump and challenge myself. When my instructor asks "do you think you're ready for...xyz?" Even if I am reluctant or nervous I say yes because if she thinks I am ready to be asked she must see it in me so I never want to be afraid to try.
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I think you have a great attitude and as everyone here has pointed out, anything is possible! I would just add though, that if you're going to push yourself, you should know that falling is normal and is probably going to happen. It happens to everyone sometime so don't be alarmed or discouraged if it does happen. I find it more common in disciplines like jumping, but really, it can happen out of the blue at any time - horse hears a scary noise and jumps out of his skin, you lose your balance, it happens. Your ego will probably hurt more than your body :)
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I have been warned. My instructor said it isn't a matter of if I fall but when I fall.

I hope it happens soon so I get it over with and feel how it feels to fall. Ha !
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