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post #1 of 25 Old 09-16-2014, 12:02 AM Thread Starter
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Is it ok if I don't want to do comps?

All my friends do comps and shows and they want me to do them too, but I don't really want to..

I have anxiety and I get nervous really easily. I am more of the person who just loves horses for pleasure and hacking, not winning..

I was just wondering if I was missing out, all of my friends have horses for the one thing mainly, comps.

This one girl told me, "what's the point of paying for the farrier and dentist and all that if you don't do any comps!?".

I just love riding to the beach and enjoying the time with me and my horse.

Does anyone else not like doing comps?
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post #2 of 25 Old 09-16-2014, 12:21 AM
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I'm assuming that you mean competitions? If so, It's your horse. You do what you want to with it. That said, competing can be a good way to improve your confidence and overcome your nervousness. There are also other ways to do that like public speaking, music, dance, etc. etc. Then your time with your horse can be a refuge and a companion to recharge your batteries, so to speak.
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post #3 of 25 Old 09-16-2014, 12:38 AM
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Out of the 20 or so people at my barn, maybe five enter local schooling shows and even then, they do it for the fun and experience. I've only ever known one person who showed at a level higher than local. For myself, I like trail riding and when I do enter a show, it will be for the fun and the experience.

Like Cowboy said, it's your horse. Do what you enjoy with it and forget what anyone else says. You're not into horses to please them, so why does their opinion matter?
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post #4 of 25 Old 09-16-2014, 02:56 AM
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If you do what they want and not what makes you happy you will resent going to ride and mess with the horse.
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post #5 of 25 Old 09-16-2014, 03:08 AM
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It's absolutely fine if you do not want to enter any shows!

Earlier this year, I purchased my first horse. I haven't entered in any competitions nor do I plan to. I'm a huge fan of trail rides and just overall joy riding. Sure, I might enter a show down the road but it would only be for fun. :)
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post #6 of 25 Old 09-16-2014, 10:01 AM
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I have never entered a show, don't plan on it either. I ride to relax (though my mare tends to act up now and then) and spend time with my wife. If pleasure riding is all you want to do, it makes you happy, then by all means ride for fun.

good luck
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post #7 of 25 Old 09-16-2014, 03:23 PM
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I take it you're pretty young? Then, no, it's not okay! You have to go to at least a couple of competitions so that you'll know why you hate it!

I hate them myself, but the shows are so tiny here, I feel I have to help support the horse community, and entering a couple of shows a year is one way. I've found it actually helps my horse improve, when I'm thinking, "Oh no, there's a show coming, we better get some serious schooling done!"

It's also a good way to learn discipline; and maybe humility. At least talking about the experience afterwards is great fun!
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post #8 of 25 Old 09-16-2014, 03:50 PM
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I say try one and see what you think. Then you can make an informed decision. :)

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post #9 of 25 Old 09-16-2014, 03:59 PM
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You absolutely don't ever have to show if you don't want to. Don't worry about it.

One thing that I think is really fun is bringing my horse to shows for schooling (not entering anything) because it's like a little holiday for us.
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post #10 of 25 Old 09-16-2014, 04:05 PM
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Competitions are NOT a mandatory pert of horse ownership, horse riding, or lessons.

That logic is very flawed, it would be like saying, why do you brush your teeth if you're not a model? Why wear shoes if you don't run marathons? Why go to the doctor if you aren't playing a sport? Doesn't make much sense? Taking good care of a horse has nothing to do with competition!
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