“Go Ride a Carousel…”

How weird is this??

I came across this picture and just stared at it for at least 5 minutes, wondering, “Why would I ride a horse if not for fun?”

At one of the barns I ride at, the riders don’t have fun with their horses under any circumstances. EVER.

I never see them smile when their horse does something good. Everything is very serious business when it comes to riding – that’s how they see it.

They look like someone woke them up at 5 a.m. and announced it was time to jog 15 miles.

Being someone who wants to take a natural approach, it feels odd to be in this environment. I see them slap their horses and call them “stupid”. Not to mention the horrified looks I get for practicing some dressage maneuvers bareback and in a halter.

“Look at that girl riding in a rope halter! She’s having way too much fun. All that smiling and feeling good about her horse… Why doesn’t she just go ride a carousel. This barn is for people who really suffer through the riding process correctly, and in riding pants – not jeans.”

Well, I’m making fun of my new riding-mates, but the point of this post is to remind yourself why you do what you do – with horses, dogs, dolphins, whatever.

Keep your dream in mind and have FUN achieving it!

Comments 3

  1. Every day i go out to my horse i have a smile on my face and i swear my horse have it too and this the only real way to begin a partnership.
    So my Tip for Ariat people:
    If you want to dominate or sporting go out and ride bycicle

  2. Very disappointed by this company.
    What a great way to wreck a brand!
    I guess its time to look for better riding boots.

    Life is so short, why would someone drop fun and joy for… what?
    People do it all the time, but when it involves others, animals, the environment, it becomes even more acidic.

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