December 8, 2010

Why do I ride?

I ride because:

  • I enjoy being outside.
  • I love animals.
  • I am good at it (I think).
  • I enjoy the challenge of influencing such a huge animal in a positive way.
  • when I'm on a horse, I am not able to think of anything but him and me and what we are doing at that exact moment.
  • it teaches me things about myself I wouldn't have realized otherwise.
  • it humbles me when I need a reality check.
  • it gives me confidence in myself.
  • it makes me think and analyze and use my brain.
  • it is an excellent lesson in patience (something I need more of in my non-horsey world).
  • the sense of harmony is inspiring and special to me.
  • when we both get it right, even for a single stride I get an amazing sense of accomplishment. 
  • I love learning new things and there is always something new to learn.
  • horses smell good.
  • it makes me happy.
  • it makes me whole.
  • every once in a while my horse does something that makes me crack up.
  • my horses often do something that makes me grateful they allow me to share part of their world.
  • it gives me a sense of purpose.
  • the devotion between horse and rider is unique and hard to find anywhere else.
  • somewhere along the way it became who I am.... I ride because I ride.


  1. Good list. Sounds like you're motivated!

  2. Thanks! I have aspirations, now just need to work on the follow through.