What I’ve Learned as a Horseless Adult Amateur

BY RENNIE DYBALL

Ever see that meme on social media with a horse and rider in the show ring along with the text, “If you are riding a horse you have already won?”

It took me 15 years of riding – and owning exactly 0 horses – to truly understand that sentiment.

I am a horseless adult amateur who rides as often as my wallet — and, to a lesser extent, my schedule (there’s almost always a way) — will allow. I was lucky enough to have parents who supported my obsession with years of weekly lessons and schooling shows, and I mucked stalls and filled water buckets for additional time in the saddle. If it was work done around horses, it didn’t feel like work. Of course, I still always wished I had a horse of my own.

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