When Horses Are No Longer Fun
 By Foxchase Farm   •   13th Dec 2012   •   6,891 views   •   5 comments
I will try to keep this article short and sweet. I thought it could be a bit of inspiration for any of you who are having a hard time with something.

Last night, after a long talk with my friend, I came to the conclusion that I was done. Done with everyone and everything involving the barn. Now this wasn't an idea that just came on spur of the moment, I have been questioning my continuation in riding for a little while now. In my last news article, I told how my horse, Beau, went lame and so did the pony I was leasing, Skittles. I had a great final show of the season on Nemo, but after the show I was left with nothing to ride. I hacked my friendís horse one day and had a random lesson on another pony, but other than that I have not been riding.

When Horses Are No Longer Fun

My lease on Skittles is ending at the end of the month, whether or not she becomes sound. Beauís suspensory is looking good, but he is lame in his foot now. Our farrier did a very careful check of everything and couldn't find a problem.

All of that and a combination of certain people saying things that made me irritated, I wanted to quit altogether. I wondered, what would happen if I just threw it all away? What happens when the one thing I've loved my entire life doesn't make me happy anymore? Riding has become more of a job for me than a fun pastime. Thereís always a horse that I NEED to ride, something I NEED to work on. Not something that I WANT to enjoy doing. I thought I may have lost my true passion for horses and riding.

After a long shower and a long nightís sleep, the next morning came. I went down to feed the horses and quickly turned them out. Beau started to walk away like he normally does, then stopped and turned around. He walked over to me, rested his nose against my cheek, and then lowered his head. I played with his forelock for a little bit and he looked up, right into my eyes. There was a different look in them though, an expression that was saying, ďdonít give up on me.Ē At that moment, I realized that was why I kept persevering through all the hard times. The little things that horses can do; they touch our hearts and keep us going.

When Horses Are No Longer Fun
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LOVE this article.
  Dec 13, 2012  •  6,907 views
Good ol' Beau. Who says you have to ride to compete? Just RIDE, if you want! It's not all about getting better, it's about being in the moment and having fun! :)
  Dec 14, 2012  •  6,885 views
Strides Eventing  
I had a similar experience a couple of years ago, in the end i had a fall riding cross country, and i couldn't compete for three months, i wasn't even suppose to ride but i ended up just getting out on a beach hack while i was on holiday, galloping along the beach made me realize just how much i loved riding just maybe not competing :)
  Dec 15, 2012  •  6,938 views
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Great article, sometimes you just need a break from the things you love.
  Dec 16, 2012  •  7,005 views
A brilliant article! I think this could really help people in a similar situation as you, good luck with Beau, and keep at it!
  Dec 26, 2012  •  7,185 views
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