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Comment by Jan Jollymour on March 10, 2010 at 9:56am
A little extra: sometimes just owning a horse is the DREAM....and that's a big dream!
Comment by Jan Jollymour on March 10, 2010 at 9:55am
Right on, Brenda! There are lots os ways to enjoy working with horses, and one of my favourites is a long trail ride in the fall when the leaves are turning and the woods are quiet.

I have many clients who enjoy learning with their horses - they have no desire to compete, but they really do love to set their own goals and reach them, and they enjoy their horses tremendously, often more than those who compete rigorously.
Comment by Shirley on March 10, 2010 at 9:53am
Brenda, I'm with you! I hope your loving energy is contagious! Lots of horses out there need an angel in their barn. Keep on going strong!
Comment by Brenda Pantling on March 10, 2010 at 9:14am
Whether you show at top level shows or never take your horse off the farm, owning horses is all about what makes YOU happy. The recreational rider is just as legitamit a horse person as the top level competitor and vice versa. The beauty of horses, is there is something for everyone and such a variety of ways to enjoy them.
Comment by vickie lawson on March 10, 2010 at 9:01am
i so agree jan and cindy! money certainly helps but having the vision and committment can sort of make up for a lack of the big bucks. having a good eye and feel helps buy the youngster to bring on and then enables one to make some of the corrections. i take lessons, but not on the scale of some of what i hear occurs in america. that also was the case when we were heavily into show hunters.
Comment by Jennifer Lamm on March 9, 2010 at 10:25pm
maybe it's up to the horse....
Comment by Jan Jollymour on March 9, 2010 at 8:31pm
Absolutely, Cindy! A lot of what others have called "luck" in my life has more to do with being willing to make sacrifices when opportunities present themselves. It's a case of "what can I do without in order to have what I could have".

However, I've also learned over time (a lot of time) that having money still doesn't do the job. As you say, making the dream work means perseverance and sacrifice. I have a very wealthy friend who has purchased a GP horse and is making a bid for the Canadian WEG Team - she stilll has to do the riding, and right now she's living alone in California, far from her family and friends, in order to try to realize that dream. Money can make the logistics easier, but when it comes right down to it, everyone who dreams big and wants to realize their dreams has to make sacrifices of various kinds.
Comment by Cindy Jeffery on March 9, 2010 at 4:15pm
Big dreams are wonderful if you got the big bucks to finance them. Dreams include goal setting and making those baby steps to get to where you want to go. Sometimes those steps get larger and sometimes smaller throughout the process. If the money isn't there than the work is a lot harder and perseverance is key. To make the dream work sometimes it means living on a "shoe string".
Comment by Linda White on March 9, 2010 at 9:05am
Jan - great for you to give that woman such a terrific experience. Yay - another convert!
Comment by vickie lawson on March 9, 2010 at 3:02am
i agree jan! if you don't dream big, how will you make even small progresses with your horse. i planned on going to the nationals, and i qualified both young horses for hoy-the largest horse show in australasia. and it wouldn't have happened without a big dream, big ambition and confidence. i love it!!

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