I took my own advice, and started riding my horse again; pats all round.
He’s so soft and squishy and generally under-muscled that I almost shared the above photo publicly asking for 1 like = 1 prayer.
No seriously, I think that almost every ‘recreational’ horse rider has days or weeks or even months where they’re just not that motivated, and maybe even wonder whether the horse scene is still worthwhile for them. Grazing/board is expensive, horse feed is expensive, lessons and entry fees are expensive, not to mention the vet bills… and horse insurance (in New Zealand anyway) has hundreds of clauses to get them out of coughing up in those scenarios. There’s like two providers so they can afford to be crafty.
You can go to (almost) any grazing or barn situation anywhere and find people squabbling over their different viewpoints. Some people, like me, take it really personally if someone comments on what they are/are not doing with their horse. Whether they’re riding enough, whether they’re cruel for choosing to shoe their horse instead of going barefoot, whether their horse should have his rugs off during the day in winter, and why are they buying so much gear when they never go anywhere?! Let’s not even get started on their choices in vet/dentist/farrier/trainer. The judgement is everywhere – not from every person, but there’s always one person in every scenario who feels the need to condemn others’ decisions.
Disclaimer, I am totally one of those people sometimes. You can bet if you’re jumping your freshly broken 3 year old daily, going cross country and slamming them when they are stopping at everything because they’re completely over-faced I’m going to be shooting hairy eyeballs in that direction. Horses kind of put everyone in a position where there are 200 ways of doing things, and being different to someone else usually generates a disproving look or comment here or there. Completely nothing to do with anyone else, but there you have it.
We all do it at varying levels.. Whether it’s because of this: