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post #11 of 25 Old 09-17-2014, 08:07 AM
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If you don't want to show then there is no reason for you to do it.

You might like to do some schooling with your friends who do show, it might be fun to ride with them and schooling and doing riding exercises can improve your riding skills and how you and your horse work together.
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post #12 of 25 Old 09-17-2014, 09:18 AM
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There's no reason to go to competitions if that's not what you want to do. Everyone enjoys doing different things with their horses. Some people need to go to competitions in order to feel content. If that's not you, then that'a completely fine. Enjoy your horses in whatever way you see fit :)
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post #13 of 25 Old 09-17-2014, 03:59 PM
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Hmmmm I sense a little uncertainty here? Unless you are still subject to your parents, it's your life, your horse! You do whatever makes you and your horse happy. One of the biggest advantages and responsibilities of being an adult is that you get to run your own life. Your friends don't have any say in what you do. You get to listen to them and then make up your own mind. If you don't want to compete, don't. And don't you waste a minute feeling bad about it. Your friends obviously have different goals and motivations. Remember that when other differences arise. Welcome to the world of horses! Where everybody is pretty darn independent! LOL
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post #14 of 25 Old 09-17-2014, 04:09 PM
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Everyone seems to have covered it, and have given you some really good advice, I'll just say one thing.

Me and my horse are similar, we like to do trails, and races for Fun, not entirely to win. You should at least do it once - it's a great experience! And if your doing English shows, they are not scary at all. Compared to western races, ect. English is very calm and peaceful, lol. You shouldn't be worried at all. If you ever do show, just go in there, only pay attention to your horse, and act as if your practicing - you would do great!

But no pressure, not everyone is made to show. =) And if you feel your not, then don't. Riders who don't just do competition and show, always have a great relationship with their horse - and that's what counts.
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Not everyone enjoys showing and you certainly don't have to do it if you don't want to! Spending time with your horse is the most important thing and if trail riding is what you like doing, then that's the thing for you. Of course, if you ever get curious it wouldn't hurt to try a show! Worst come to worst you just don't do it again. But who knows, it could be something that you wind up loving.
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post #16 of 25 Old 09-18-2014, 02:37 AM
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Don't worry about shows if they aren't your thing.
If you want to see what it is your friends like about showing, maybe offer to be groom/strapper/assistant for them for a show? You can see what goes into it but just hang out back at the trailer if you don't like the crowds.
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post #17 of 25 Old 09-18-2014, 04:09 AM
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Originally Posted by Pony Paradise View Post
All my friends do comps and shows and they want me to do them too, but I don't really want to...

I was just wondering if I was missing out...
Two things:

1) Any time is a good time to learn to resist peer pressure.
2) How do you know you don't like something if you haven't tried it yet.

OK, three things:

3) Any time is a good time to learn to push yourself out of your comfort zone.

Either way it's your call. Hopefully I've given you some food for thought.
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post #18 of 25 Old 09-26-2014, 02:18 AM
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trail riding and pleasure riding is all I have ever done, dont feel pressured, just do what you love to do, and keep it fun, nothing wrong with that,

I did a barrel race poll bending comp once, as a fund raiser for cancer research, as a trail rider, just went in for fun and to help, we ended up winning a ribbon, fifth place in poll bending, and got fifth place because i got points knocked off for having my shirt below my elbows, but again, I didnt even know i won a ribbon till the next day, it was fun, do I want to compete now, NO, but it was fun, my thing is just enjoying a beautiful trail with my boy
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post #19 of 25 Old 09-26-2014, 07:44 AM Thread Starter
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Ok thanks, that makes me feel better that I'm not the only one. Me and some neighbors down the road are having a mini gymkhana day and she's making some ribbons too, I think this will be great, although there are only 5 participants LOL. There won't be a big crowd, just the parents haha. Atleast I won't be scared and it's not far away!
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A young gal came trail riding with me, and commented how glad I must be to not be riding alone. I told her I never rode alone as my horse was my companion. Riding "alone" settles the mind and seeing nature from the back of a can't beat it. There is stress at competitions and shows and people are not at their finest. When my mother was dying with cancer, trail riding was the glue that kept me together as I attended to her every afternoon for 4 months. I can fully understand your feelings of you and your horse enjoying nature.

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