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  • Shut up and ride.

    Wow, after reading a few of the more nasty topics and posts out here (especially some of the vile things on the riding in side reins thread), I've once again decided that people really should just stop posting and spending so much time armchair QBing and get their butts out and ride their horses.

    This forum is a great place for many things, but when you see these long diatribes and people posting just to be negative, you have to wonder if they ever really do ride a horse. I mean, how else would they have the time to spend out here worrying about this stuff?

    I know this will just inflame a lot of them, so feel free to have at it. I know that I used to post out here a LOT, and not all of it was about training, etc. So I'm just as guilty. Then again, it wasn't really that I was always out here everyday, I've just been around these boards for a LONG time.

    Wouldn't it be better if we stopped posting, stopped texting, stopped tweeting, and just rode our horses, attended clinics, took lessons, and spent time learning and enjoying our uber expensive sport?

    Is THIS other stuff really that important in the scheme of things? Is it really adding to our lives if we spend this much time debating these issues? Why not actually do something of value and spend time with real people in the real world? (I know our horses appreciate our spending time with them--as well as families and friends.) It's about face time and reality.

    Okay, I'm off my soap box. Have fun! I'm going to take this Labor Day to enjoy a LONG trail ride with one of my best friends.
    "And I'm thinking you weren't burdened with an overabundance of schooling." - Capt Reynolds "Firefly"

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    Ditto, Velvet! *claps enthusiastically*
    Rebel Without Cash!

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    • #3
      Velvet...you can't know the number of times I have thought the same thing!
      When oh when do these people have time to ride?

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      • #4
        I own the hat!
        My trainer will ocassionally yell that out
        Humans don’t mind duress, in fact they thrive on it. What they mind is not feeling necessary. –Sebastian Junger

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        • #5
          Me too!
          Some riders change their horse, they change their saddle, they change their teacher; they never change themselves.

          Remember the horse does all the work, we just sit there and look pretty.

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          • #6
            Velvet, thank you!

            Velvet,

            Thank you for the reality check!

            The meanness hurts us all. People will not want to use the forum to learn and gain confidence from each other if there is fear. The dressage world has a hostile image already. Many riders won't even come here, because of the reputation. If there isn't a large enough number of riders posting and looking, then the advertizing that supports CotH drops and we lose the opportunity to have a forum. (I am sure the mods will have a more diplomatic way of stating the draconian law of economics. There are many publications that have gone under because they haven't been able to adapt to the internet)

            Being snarky does not make the poster more powerful, popular, better, or wiser. It shows just the opposite.

            The irony is that the idea of dressage is harmony. Sowing discord among riders is just as counterproductive to growth as it is to horses.
            Intermediate Riding Skills

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Velvet View Post
              Wow, after reading a few of the more nasty topics and posts out here (especially some of the vile things on the riding in side reins thread), I've once again decided......
              Have you.....

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              • #8
                Actually, the moderator stated specifically thaat that thread was continuing to be civil. I don't see any real nastiness going on in that one at all.

                OH...MY...GOD....I....i've decided....I'm going.....OUT....TO....RIDE!

                Years ago, Velvet's response to anyone who could successfully present any point against her side (or even dared try) was, 'Shut up and ride'.

                It gives me a warm, fuzzy, SAFE feeling to know some things never change!

                But to be honest, I'd love to be riding more and sitting inside snorting extra asthma medication and staring at a computer far, far fewer hours of my life. That'd be fine.

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                • #9
                  She told you that a lot, didn't she
                  Originally posted by BigMama1
                  Facts don't have versions. If they do, they are opinions
                  GNU Terry Prachett

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                  • #10
                    No, actually, she didn't. But she did use that one a lot.

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                    • #11
                      right, she counted words.
                      Originally posted by BigMama1
                      Facts don't have versions. If they do, they are opinions
                      GNU Terry Prachett

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                      • #12
                        Alagirl
                        snap!
                        Humans don’t mind duress, in fact they thrive on it. What they mind is not feeling necessary. –Sebastian Junger

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                        • #13
                          Okay, I'm off my soap box. Have fun! I'm going to take this Labor Day to enjoy a LONG trail ride with one of my best friends. [/QUOTE]\

                          just make sure you have on....side reins, pelham, flash (preferably cranked tight), hard hat and.....spend the entire ride in rollkur

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                          • #14
                            Wouldn't it be better if we stopped posting, stopped texting, stopped tweeting, and just rode our horses, attended clinics, took lessons, and spent time learning and enjoying our uber expensive sport
                            Very true. I am sorry I sometimes get sucked into some of these stupid threads when my time is better spent at the barn and riding. Page after page on stuff like riding in sidereins just tires the rolly eye muscles. hey I don't text or tweet though. YAY.

                            At least I rode one horse today. Should have ridden 2 though but farm chores beckoned and yes I wasted some time here. I wonder how people who post 20 times a day find the time to ride and go to the bathroom,etc. OOps, snarky.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Velvet View Post
                              Wouldn't it be better if we stopped posting, stopped texting, stopped tweeting, and just rode our horses, attended clinics, took lessons, and spent time learning and enjoying our uber expensive sport?
                              I really hope people don't do that. I've learned more here--both how-to and how-NOT-to--than I learned in actual lessons.

                              I've ridden my horse 3 times this calendar year due to my own health issues. First time was a bit scary. Second time was absolute BLISS. Third time, my blissful horse turned into a giraffe. Thanks to COTH I knew what the difference was. Time #2 was bareback. Time #3 was saddled--and I knew instantly that the saddle no longer fit.

                              I'm saddened that the side rein thread took the direction it did. I was learning quite a bit about the use of side reins before it turned into another me-me-me-fest, though it was clearly meant to discuss generalities, NOT the specific case that spawned the SPIN OFF question.

                              Lurker mode isn't informative when half the posters are on ignore. Just sayin'
                              I'm not arguing, I'm just explaining why I'm right
                              Violence doesn't end violence. It extends it. Break the cycle.

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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by whicker View Post

                                meanness hurts us all.

                                <snip>


                                The irony is that the idea of dressage is harmony. Sowing discord among riders is just as counterproductive to growth as it is to horses.
                                perfectly said!

                                life is short, and i believe we should all try to be kinder and gentler to each other..... it would make the world a much nicer place !

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                                • #17
                                  I have learned a lot here during my short time on the board.

                                  I'm shocked when it turns nasty...but am so thankful for the many, many kind folks who take time to post and help me.

                                  Working seems to get in the way of riding more than posting or reading here...Oh to live a life of leisure!

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                                  • #18
                                    Analysis and discussion are beneficial.
                                    Disagreement isn't personal.
                                    But at a certain point, it all becomes riding prevention.

                                    So I concur,
                                    shut up and ride.

                                    (but it should be known that Velvet rides a broom )
                                    See those flying monkeys? They work for me.

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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by nhwr View Post
                                      Analysis and discussion are beneficial.
                                      Disagreement isn't personal.
                                      But at a certain point, it all becomes riding prevention.

                                      So I concur,
                                      shut up and ride.

                                      (but it should be known that Velvet rides a broom )

                                      nhwr, that was improper Haiku.

                                      What this forum needs
                                      Is the missing frying pan
                                      Until then, go ride.

                                      “A clever person solves a problem. A wise person avoids it.”
                                      ? Albert Einstein

                                      ~AJ~

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                                      • #20
                                        I can't help myself.

                                        Velvet rides a broom
                                        But she cannot get the broom
                                        Collected or through.

                                        The broom's back is stiff.
                                        It needs side reins and rollkur
                                        Barring that - trail rides.


                                        PS we did ride today. No side reins though.
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