I've had horses in the past (a really buddy sour gelding that I stopped riding after I got threw off when I was little, then a blm mustang, and then a green broke qh mare) and now I have a new gelding (my only horse right now), he is 6 years and when I brought him home 3 weeks ago, the first two times I rode him, even though I was super nervous, he did great! Just like he did when I tried him out at his previous owners, but now, he refuses to move when I'm on him, I'll kick and kick and he just stands there, and today he threw my dad off when he tried to get him to do what he wanted, so, I've been stressing out over this all day trying to figure why he could be acting this way and what to do about it (I think he might actually be missing his horse companions) anyways, I've been thinking and thinking and I realized I don't really like riding. I mean, I don't dislike it, but I don't love it and look forward to it either, I'm usually pretty nervous (probably from my accident when I was younger) and I got to wondering, does a horse need to be ridden? Or would it be enough to do ground work, play with him, groom him, pet and love on him, stay out side and spend time with him and walk him around? Because I LOVE horses, and I love doing all of that stuff with them, I just don't like riding really. I know most people say its a waste having a horse you don't ride, but I see it as, if people have dogs for companionship and don't use them for anything, why can't you do it with a horse? I know they need to be kept in shape and kept busy, hence all of the ground work and playing, and at the moment I am able to spend every weekend with him, and as soon as I move (in about 2 months) I'll be able to spend every day with him. And I plan on getting him a companion. So if i work with him/play him/spend time with him everyday, is that enough? And is there anyone else who thinks like this?