AE_APA_HorseEventing

AE_APA_HorseEventing - Running head: INTO THE FUTURE 1 Into...

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Running head: INTO THE FUTURE 1 Into the Future Fname Lname San Jose State University
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INTO THE FUTURE 2 From the beginning Horse fever is a condition that once infected, will control the rest of your life. It is not something you are given or taught, but something you know. If you ask any “horse-person” they will probably tell you the same thing. It is an uncontrolled passion for an animal whose strength, bravery, and beauty is incomparable to any other beast. I rode my first horse when I was about three years old. My mother said that I instinctively reached out for the huge thousand pound animal and grabbed my tiny fist full of its coarse mane. As soon as I touched the horse I knew that I wanted more and immediately began screeching until my reluctant mother gently placed me into the saddle. My mother says that she will never forget my huge drooly, satisfied grin when I was finally on top. I then fearlessly began to tap the sides of the horse with my small white sneakers and bumped up and down in the saddle, making clucking noises with my tongue. I knew from then on that I wanted to ride and go fast and there was no turning back. Riding has always given me a sense of freedom and exhilaration. When I am riding, I feel I have the power to control this huge animal, and together, it feels like we can do anything - like we are invincible. Some people feel power and freedom from driving a fast car or a motorcycle, but to control a powerful animal that has a mind of its own and can choose to obey or not obey is a feeling beyond description (Winters, 2007). Riding is thrilling,
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INTO THE FUTURE 3 challenging, and involves a special relationship built on trust that no human friendship could ever match. People ride horses for many reasons, but for the most part I believe it is about the special bond we create with these beloved creatures. If you are not a “horse-person” you might not be able to relate, but this bond we have with our horses trumps any bond with a domesticated animal like a dog or a cat. The most obvious difference is the large size of horses in comparison to their human partners. The average horse weighs 1200 pounds. The average human’s weight is a mere 10% to 15% of the horse’s weight. This brings the element of danger into the interaction that is rarely present with dogs and cats (Brandt, 2004). This means that when you are dealing with a horse, it requires a completely different level of respect, trust, and communication. The ultimate test Ten years after my first encounter with horses, I began competing in equestrian events. There are many different equestrian sports out there, but for some reason, I fell in love with three-day eventing. Eventing consists of three disciplines run in this order: dressage, cross-country, and show- jumping. I devoured books about eventing, and spent endless hours watching footage of the electrifying sport, all the while dreaming of being an Olympic champion someday. Eventing is considered the ultimate test of
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