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horsemanship, a passion, a future. missing horseriding :( - February 2nd 2015, 12:28 PM

This is going to be quite long and disorganized, but please, bare with me. This subject means a lot to me and I just need you to read it so that someone else knows.

Horseriding and equestrian relationships mean a lot to me. At the age of six me and my sister got blessed with a couple of donkeys, Caddet and Pearl. At that time we had never ridden before, so it would be our parents leading the donkeys while we sat on their backs. Progressively we became more and more autonomous in our riding, and soon we were able to mount and steer the donkeys without any help. We would sit on them while they grazed in the field, stand up on their backs plucking apples from the trees, and from then on I and Caddet have developed a very strong relationship. Over the next few years we trained them to trot and to canter whilst being ridden, and even to jump small obstacles. I must have been ten or eleven at the time. At the age of twelve, I started riding in a small horse club, and for two years progressed considerably. Last summer I looked into owning a horse, and to try it out we borrowed a horse for two months from some neighbours. That was a wonderful experience, I was able to do all that I dreamt of which was galloping in the fields, riding without any commands from a riding instructor, and build a proper relationship with the horse. However, I decided that now was not the time to get a horse, what with my future education, etc. At that time, Caddet got leg problems suspected to be caused by his unusual over-activity (obviously not that many donkeys are so physically active as he was), so I could no longer ride him as I used to.

Now that I have moved to the city for my education, I can't pursue my riding passion as there are no clubs close by (not to mention the costs), and I only see the donkeys and my family at the weekends. What's more, I have watched a fabulous documentary -- The Path Of The Horse -- which shows the damage that riding with tack (saddle, bridle, bit, etc...) causes in horses, both mentally and physically. Up to then I have ignored it and brushed it away whenever it crept up in my mind, but now that I had the proof in front of me, I had to face the fact that classical riding injures horses.
I'm not sure exactly where I'm trying to get to, what I want to say, but I dearly miss riding and just being around horses. First of all because horses are such peaceful creatures, and being around them makes me feel safe and at home and in tune with nature; second of all because I was good at horse riding, it was one of my 'talents' which made me feel capable and powerful, and now that it's been taken away from me, it's like I've lost a big part of me.

My dream would be to complete my education, get whatever degrees I want to get, and then move back to my hometown with the fields and my parents and my sister and the donkeys, and get my very own horse. I could train him. After all, I trained a donkey at the age of ten. I could maybe even open some kind of equine free-riding business, I don't know.

I know this probably seems like a naive, childish, dreamy decision. But it's not. Well, it's dreamy. But now that I have had many experiences, I am sure that's what I want. And I know that it's not something I can let go of; even just thinking about it brings tears to my eyes. I can't bare the thought of abandoning that part of my life.

Okay, I'm done. I just had to get that off my chest. Thanks for reading it all the way through I'd love it if you left a comment bellow! (there's a video of me riding below)


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Re: horsemanship, a passion, a future. missing horseriding :( - February 3rd 2015, 05:00 PM

Have you ever thought of taking business classes along with equestrian classes?
I understand what you mean about tack being dangerous for horses but a lot of what makes tack dangerous is when it is not put on with care and compassion.
I have taken two horsemanship classes at my college and we learn to be very gentle with the horses and they are very well cared for in terms of how they wear the tack, the strain that is put on them and how the tack is thoroughly cleaned (after each person rides them).
Also, I believe your FaceBook privacy settings are preventing the video from showing.

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Re: horsemanship, a passion, a future. missing horseriding :( - February 8th 2015, 04:10 AM

I don't have a lot of advice but I have a similar dream in terms of how much it means to me. I just want to put it out there that however childish or naive it may sound it is YOUR dream and that if that's what you long to do, then go for it.
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