I feel like trail riding is probably the most underrated discipline that there is. It's no better than jumping or roping and etc, but we do work hard. Our horses have to be trained to be trustworthy, and go through/over whatever it is in front of us. They have to be in good shape so they can handle the work. My version of trail riding isn't a fat horse going in a line, it's much more. But what I love about it is the calmness. No one is telling me to keep my heels down, no one is criticizing my horse. Of course, good EQ is very important because of safety reasons and more, and I do try to keep myself in a good position during the whole ride, but that's not my main concern.
My mom grew up showing and doing rodeos, and maybe she's passed down some of this to me, but she was never a fan of it. I'm a lot like my mom, we have very similar views on horsemanship and horses in general. We both like tacking up and taking a slow ride on the buckle, maybe racing around or jumping a few things or whatever, but we don't like drama and stress. My horse is my way out of a crazy life, my escape from anxiety. I don't want horses to become the reason I stress.
I have no plans to show anymore, and I'm 100% content with that. My blog may not be as interesting as my fellow blogging friends, the ones who jump or even the ones who rodeo, and I will enjoy reading about their shows and root them on, but this is a way of living that I've really grown to love. There's really nothing better than tacking up and taking a ride through a big pasture at sunset, loping around and not having a care in the world, whether it be about ribbons or EQ.
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It doesn't matter if you ride English or Western, have an OTTB or a fat Quarter Horse, trail riding is more than just a discipline, it's a way of life for a lot of people. :)