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    21 Things Only True Equestrians Will Understand

    You pick up the wrong lead in front of the judge.

    1. You grew up wanting to ride...

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    So very badly.

    2. And after you cantered for the first time, you were hooked.

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    It felt like flying.

    3. Then you quickly learned that horses see dead people...

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    Definition of dead people: Plastic bags, trees, suspicious-looking shrubs, maybe a string, other horses, fences that just aren't so, blankets, anything that has volume or dimension, etc.

    4. And you could tell that a horse used to be a barrel racer because every turn looked like this...

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    AKA HARROWING.

    5. And, after a little while, you found impressive ways to not fall off.

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    Pleasenottodaypleasenottoday.

    6. You definitely mucked a paddock for hours and then spilled it all.

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    And then maybe cried about it.

    7. And you learned how to clean a sheath for the very first time...

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    Using your nails makes it easier.

    8. And then you understood the importance of having strong legs.

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    Because we're going...going...ah! stopping...stopped...that's the sky.

    9. And the day after you fall it's all like...

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    Not cute.

    10. But of course you got back on.

    11. All the while you're practicing on and off your horse...

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    This image means NOTHING to someone who hasn't competed in a horseless horse show.

    12. Then, your horse rolls in poop after you wash him...

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    Quic silver + Poop = Not cute

    13. And he throws a shoe right before the show and it's like...

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    Of course he did.

    14. And now you're spending all your money on horses...

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    CUE TEARS.

    15. At the show, you pick up the wrong lead in front of the judge.

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    And you bring shame to your barn family.

    16. And you jump the one-stride like it's an oxer.

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    It's not your fault that your pony's scopey!

    17. And when you leave, your horse has developed a phobia of the trailer...

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    It's not happening, guys.

    18. But now when people ask if you've ever fallen off, you're like...

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    Totallyabsolutelyallthetimeeveryday.

    19. And if you go a few days without riding, you become delusional...

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    Grocery store rides look more and more appealing.

    20. And your barn family became your real family.

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    I love you guys!

    21. And your horse is your best friend in all the world.

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    It was love at first jump.

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