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What was the most fun you've ever experienced with a horse?

December 4, 2013

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Without a doubt, there is a great deal of satisfaction to be found after a great schooling ride. When you work through a problem with yourself or your horse and come out on the other side having learned something new, it just feels good. The longer and more difficult the struggle, the greater the euphoria that comes afterwards.

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But there's a time for work and there's a time for play, and when it comes to horses and riding, there's nothing better to revive your riding routine than a bit of fun. Hitting the trails, whether for a relaxing walk or a thrilling gallop, is just the ticket for a lot of riders who typically spend their time in the arena. Trying a new discipline can also help shake off the doldrums. What's more fun than taking a break from your western pleasure or hunter routine to give barrel racing a go or take on a jumper class at a local schooling show?

For this month's Rider Insider, we want to know what experience was the most fun you've ever had with a horse. If you're lucky enough to have checked off a few items on every equestrian's bucket list—taking an overseas riding vacation, galloping down the beach or spending a week rounding up cattle on a dude ranch—the answer might be obvious. But if you prefer the quiet time spent at home with your horse, you might find something different to define as fun. Click Submit a Comment below and tell us about it. Some of the editors' favorite responses could be featured in a future issue of Horse Illustrated!

This month, Noble Equine is sponsoring the Rider Insider column in Horse Illustrated with a prize for the selected featured response. If you'd like to be considered for a prize, make sure to include your contact info in the email field of the comment form (emails will not be publicly displayed.)

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Ally    Cardington, OH

3/20/2014 3:29:13 PM

My funnest time with a horse was when I had finished riding in a competition. Me and my horse-loving friend, and fellow competitor, were riding my white Pony Of America mare. We parked her near a man on his horse. We were young at the time, so that's why we decided to decorate my pony so she looked like an Indian pony. We started making handprints out of "mud", and so the man dismounted and walked over to us. "You do know that that is horse poop, right?" He asked. After a good hand washing, my friend and I had a good laugh. We still do every time we hear the story.

Shelby    Frederick, MD

2/8/2014 5:53:00 PM

My horse Hawk and I love spending time out of the saddle in the winter when the arena is iced over building snowmen in his paddock, then he kicks them down and we build more!

Dara    Manton, MI

2/4/2014 5:51:11 PM

My favorite ride was a trail ride. It was a hot day so my friends, the horses and I cooled off in the marsh.Then we went cantering down a trail. But the trail had fallen trees,so,we jumped them,waiting for the next jump down the trail.Cooled off in the marsh again and rode home happy.And that was the most, fun,ever!

Noelle    Lyndon Station, WI

2/1/2014 10:17:09 AM

The most I have had in my riding career so far was the day when I bought my horse and we ran the barrel pattern. He was amazing! It felt so good and right then I knew that this summer would be a great barrel racing season! He is such a great horse and I am so happy I own him.

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