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post #21 of 24 Old 05-03-2015, 11:25 PM
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Nothing wrong with these thoughts - horse ownership is a tremendous commitment and takes up a lot of time and money. I have just come to the conclusion that after 5 years of horse ownership I am ready to take a break and have some more time for myself (and some more money too!). It was very conflicting listing our two horses for sale and I get a sinking feeling in my stomach every time I open an email from someone enquiring about them.

That said I would definitely give it more time and see if you can settle into a routine with your new horse.
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post #22 of 24 Old 05-08-2015, 12:43 PM
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Red face Hang in There

I feel like a lot has happened in your life in a short amount of time. A new job, new horse, etc. That's extremely stressful.
Stress can definitely make all of this seem more like a task you HAVE to other rather than something fun in your life.
I would definitely just try to figure out a schedule that works for you that doesn't make you feel rushed but gives you enough time to do everything.
Also, set some goals for you and your horse. Setting up goals is a great thing to get you going and make you want to try harder.
Don't set the bar too high with crazy goals such as jumping 3' right away.
You need to work your way up as you go. You and your horse will learn more about each other and challenge each other as you go.
Set small goals such as keeping your heels down the whole ride and keeping a collected, good trot as you go around the arena.
Don't be too hard on yourself. Change is tough. You'll be fine.
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post #23 of 24 Old 05-08-2015, 01:02 PM
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Everyone here is so right. Find someone to ride with, and then find something to do together like trail rides, shows, whatever you guys like or want to try together. Friendly competition can make you a stronger rider. It is so hard when you have a job and school and you have to take care of your horse. Sometimes it feels like work even when you do get to ride. Just figure out a way to enjoy your horse or maybe try leasing out your horse until you do have time to ride and enjoy so your horse doesn't become stagnant.

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post #24 of 24 Old 05-08-2015, 01:03 PM
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If I were you - I would take a 'vacation' or 'sick day off work and just have a day to decompress and really get to know your horse and remind yourself why you love it. There are things you could maybe do to relieve some of the stress/pressure - maybe find someone to ride and contribute a day or two out of the week.

unfortunately - owning or not - finding time for horses is tough if you are not independently wealthy. I would never do the things I do for ANY other hobby!

Keep in mind there are always slumps - where you question if it's worth it - but remind yourself when you have those 'great' rides where you feel so fulfilled how worth it that is..!

Re: any of my advice - Happy to give my two cents, but not an expert... just a girl who loves riding horses!
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