Originally Posted by faye
sorry but any idiot can get good scores at 1st level when riding a 4th level horse. Heck my brother who can barely ride (as in he can sit on a horse, rise to the trot and not fall off in canter) got a decent score (mid 60's) at prelim on my connie who I regularly competed at medium level, stan did it all for my brother, brother just pointed and kicked! This came about because my brother wanted to competete in our school horse show and didnt have his own horse, it was a BD judge and everything. He then had a go at the handy pony class on Stan which was set up for tiny ponies (stan was a big 14hh) and he struggled to turn a very tight corner so I coached him through a turn on the hind, stan did it no questions asked.
Well I'd like to point out my horse is 3rd Level. Minor difference but a difference nevertheless. I'm glad your brother can do that...really kind of irrelevant....I'm sure your connie is a completely different horse then my boy...just saying.
I'd also like to say that he is 21 now...when we got him he was 19. And at that point he had never been shown in his life and barely went on the trailer. Because he hasn't been exposed to much his entire life he's really quite spooky...I remember the first show. It was a train wreck. Believe me, if I just put some random kid on his back and was like "Go! Have fun!" it would be bad. So I'm proud of the fact that I've been riding him steadily since last September (although did do some work with him before that) and though I really having to work getting him relaxed and in the right mindset for showing; we have gotten some good scores. The last show we did was his 6th show ever
. My instructor was slightly nervous about having this one intermediate rider show him once...so yeah I certainly wouldn't be sticking anyone like your brother on him.
Just saying...you can't tell much about a horse's history or personality from what level they are.