Barrel racing, bareback riding; barely broke but broncing it.
Cutting, roping, reining, team penning, trail riding, ranch horse pleasure.
Doma vaquera, dressage, and vaulting.
Combined and pleasure driving...Singles, pairs, tandem, four-in-hand.
Roadster and harness racing.
Equitation, english pleasure, english show hack, endurance, exhibition, eventing.
Flat racing, fox hunting, gymkhana, halter.
Horsemanship, hunt seat, hunter jumping, jousting.
Lead line, long line, lunge line, liberty.
Materiale classes, musical freestyles, cowboy mounted shooting.
Native costume, fantasy costume; Friesian, Connemara, and Morgan Shows.
Parade horse, park horse, para-equestrian horse, polo.
Prix caprilli and pas de deux.
Saddle seat, side saddle, show hack, show jumping.
Showmanship, sport horse-in-hand, swimming, steeplechase.
Western dressage, western pleasure, western trail, working western.
More than fifty ways to horse around! With so many activities to chose from, if you are realistic about your abilities you can certainly find something you can feel accomplished at. The discipline must suit both you and your horse. Not every horse enjoys dressage, not every horse can jump high fences. Trying to force the issue will make both you and your horse miserable. Be honest and decide what is important to you. You may need to explore a new sport; just because you can't do one thing doesn't mean you can't do anything. But if that one thing is the most important thing to you, you may need to find a different horse.
My husband Sam's favorite horse to ride was a 15h bay quarter horse gelding named Pistol. Pistol only knew two speeds, walk or wide open. There was no trot or canter. Forget about a half halt, slow down was not in his vocabulary, but he'd come to a dead stop and ground tie if he felt you leaving the saddle. We got him because his owners, who bought him to hack around on trail rides, thought he was crazy. He wasn't crazy, he'd been trained that way. Sam thought he was great. They worked cows, ran barrels, raced through poles, and had a blast together. I didn't try to "dressage" Pistol, I let him do what he loved, with someone who loved doing it. And that's the point. It's supposed to be fun, if it's not, why do it? Do what you love, with a horse that loves doing it, or do something else.