I recently made the decision to stop pursuing endurance with my horse Waylon. This took a lot of time for me to process but I feel that my final choice is the most beneficial for him and for us. I just want to organize my feelings and hopefully inspire others to do what is right when it is not always what you want to do. Going back to when I first got him, Endurance was MY DREAM, MY GOAL. I got him specifically for this discipline, I had no other plans in mind. Now 4 years later, I'm selling all my endurance related tack and I will never bring him to another endurance ride again. Why? A few reasons but I will talk about the most important. I do NOT appreciate what it is doing to his mind. Every endurance person says "Oh he will get better". I don't believe that is going to be the case with him. He gets WORSE and our home life suffers. I'm not blaming endurance for this. I know he has his own struggles that we deal with. My point is that endurance is simply not a benefit for him nor is it ever going to be. It is what I want to do but he is not the horse no matter how much I want him to be. I am DONE making him suffer and ruining our relationship and hard earned training. I am DONE forcing him to be what I want him to be. Another reason is that I have other goals. Over the years I have fallen in love with Western Dressage. I love the atmosphere of the discipline. People are friendly and relaxed. They don't care if you ride a mule or a fancy stock horse. It is uplifting and fun! Waylon needs this kind of discipline. He needs to relax, we need to have fun. I want to deepen his training and build an incredible relationship with this horse that I have so far been unable to maintain due to my own selfish endurance goals. I want to be able to go camping with a group of friends and actually ENJOY the trail riding. I want to take him in a schooling show and know that his buttons will be there when I need him and that last weeks endurance ride didn't take them away. My health issues are another reason but I don't need to go into detail. Basically I need to chill out and take care of myself, not run myself ragged during summer and fall. I even have all my endurance tack for sale. I will of course love to still participate in endurance in the future but never with this horse. Anyway, I'm a quitter and glad to be one! I can't wait to see my horse blossom into what I've always wished for. I know he has it in him because I've felt it. We get so much work in but I stupidly take him back to an endurance ride and ruin him again. I'm done! No more. It feels good to be a quitter. I can't wait to see how far we go. Waylon recently turned 9 years old on November 26th. He is in his prime and we are going to have a great time.