The topic was firstly posted about by Equestrian at Hart, and more recently Pony'Tude elaborated on her own point of view.
After reading both posts, I find myself unable to come up with who I really am without horses or where I would be without them in my life. Certainly, I'd have more cash in my pocket and less leather goods littered about the house, but would I still be happy? The short answer is no. I'm sure I could live without horses in my life, but not forever, and not entirely.
If I didn't have horses in my life, I wouldn't have to worry about a long list of things.
- Feeding twice a day
- Deicing water tubs
- Poop scooping
- Deworming (and expensive vet bills)
- Pre-show nerves
- Pieces of hay in my bra
- Expensive clinics
- Broken fence rails
- Horse snot in my hair
But, if I didn't have horses in my life I wouldn't be able to have a partnership built primarily on silence, friendship, and dedication. I would miss out on so much...
- Hard-earned placing in a difficult class
- Learning the value of patience and persistance
- Learning how to MacGuyver a fence back together with bailing twine
- Value of hard-work and dedication
- Horse kisses
- The human friends that come along with the sport
- Progress and becoming a team
- The feeling of unbridled freedom and absolute trust
- The ability to forget all of the days drama once you see your horse
All the negatives suddenly become a moot point, and I do it because I love it and because this sport isn't just about riding. It's about developing yourself as a person and becoming shaped and molded into a well-rounded individual.
Horses have taught me many things, and most of it isn't about riding.