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post #1 of 4 Old 02-21-2014, 12:05 PM Thread Starter
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Question Going to a show?? Not going to a show??? Um, help?!?

So my riding instructor has officially confused the sanity out of me. I've been leasing since the Spring - warm, wonderful springtime when we could actually ride because our rings weren't frozen over - and the entire time through the fall (not summer, all leases are terminated during summer so the barn horses can be used for camp except for special cases) and about two weeks ago as I was exercising my horse with my instructor on the barn's driveway (the ONLY place we can ride now other than the fields but even they are slippery and can be dangerous) she brought up me wanting to show.

I jumped on telling her how much I would love to show this season since I haven't yet shown my horse (description in bio under Hooch) and she told me that as long as I have time to prepare its a total yes for showing off farm. Now, I haven't ridden my horse since then because of weather/ice/scheduling issues with getting out to the barn and he's a fat, dirty mess at the moment.

And she then tells me yesterday when I went out to try and get some of the gross stuff out of his coat that I should go to a show that some other boarders are going to NEXT WEEKEND.

I stuttered some reply about not knowing if I was ready and she laughed it off and told me it would be fine, a learning experience, only do walk-trot ect. ect. and I'm just sitting there looking at her like she's grown a second head.

I haven't PROPERLY ridden my horse in any sort of form since late DECEMBER. And she expects me to:
a) get him clean enough to be show quality
b) hop on him like I've actually PREPARED for this test
c) actually think things aren't going to explode

Side note: This is my FIRST SHOW with my horse off farm. EVER. I've only showed at my barn in little barn tests since I never had an opportunity to show off farm before.

As I said: he's fat, lazy, dirty and in a foul mood because of the weather here. He hasn't been on the bit or in correct form since early fall (lameness issues threw us off a ton) and I know this is a walk-trot show but I'm not ready!!

I love my instructor, really, I do. She's wise beyond her years and a huge role model for me and an amazing horse woman, and I'd like to think we're close (I mean, I hung out at her house last night and I went to Ireland with her and two other girls from my barn and I've talked to her about personalish stuff that I wouldn't normally talk to people about) but I have no idea why she thinks this is a good idea.

At the same time, I really want to show, and I'm worried that if I back out, she's going to think I'm backing out of this season in general. I know if we had a little more time and a place to really work we could be ready but I haven't ridden in a ring with him in over two months! I know how he gets after having time off from work and I know that if I even step one hoof into that ring I'll just embarrass him and myself.

So, that was REALLY long (I'm sorry) but does anybody have any ideas on how to tell my instructor that I just am not ready to show NEXT WEEKEND?
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post #2 of 4 Old 02-21-2014, 12:30 PM
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Two things. If she is the experienced, amazing horsewoman she really is and she is pushing you to show she probably feels your ready. She been around the block. You sound very nervous, but it's not yours our your horses first "rodeo". Where ever you go they should have plenty of room for warm ups so you can find your pitfalls. I'm assuming it's just a local show? Go, have fun and learn!! It's not all about winning!
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post #3 of 4 Old 02-22-2014, 02:46 AM
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It sounds like a local, fun show. Nothing to get your panties in a knot over! Who cares if he's fat and hairy and not on the bit? I'm sure 90% of the horses there will be the same.
It's just for fun, that is what you need to remember about competition, we do it because you enjoy it. Even when you get up to higher levels of tests and start to compete in state/national level competition, it's done because its fun.
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post #4 of 4 Old 02-22-2014, 05:45 PM
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I can completely understand where you are coming from. When you have never done something before, it can be very unnerving. To go to a new place, learn how everything works, put up with you horse who may or may not be in a good mood and actually ride in the show are all a big deal to a first timer.

That all being said, that's why you do your first show with people who have already done it and can show you the ropes. This has been a brutal winter for most of us. Trust me, everyone else's horses look like fat fuzzy pigs too. Many don't have indoors and haven't been riding either. Winter shows are a level playing field. Everyone is out of shape and has horses who are barely hanging on to sanity. Go with your trainer, learn the ropes and just have some fun.
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You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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confused , dressage , no time to prepare , what?

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