7. Let's see if I can put this into words. I'm having a hard time describing what I mean.
When I'm bitterly dissapointed in endurance, or feel like I "failed" a ride - it's usually because my horse has ended up injuired.
In dressage I can be dissapointed without the horse being injured. It's really a freeing feeling. How nice to "go for gold" during a competition, in a sport that I'm unlikely to severely injury or kill my horse!
That still doesn't capture exactly what I wanted to say, but it's close.
JB, in her comment, said exactly what I was trying to convey. I should pay her a copywrite fee and paint it on my horse trailer. Here it is:
"More then just bruised ego's are at stake in endurance, as the horses whole life and well being is on the line".
Absolutely sums up the way I feel. A bruised ego is perfectly healthy and dressage will keep me humble, but there will also be shows where I totally nail it and will enjoy struttin' around. :)Endurance is not the place for the ego. What I ask my horse to do in an endurance ride is an incredible feat of....endurance. I gratefully accept what my horse offers and thank my Lord that I am blessed with such a wonderful horse. Not so much in dressage. We can get better better better BETTER!!!!!!!!
*insert manical laughter*