Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Washington State
kchfuller: It isn't so much that I dislike being on different horses. I've ridden all varieties of horses and improved from all of them in one way or another. I've been on quarter horses, arabians, morgans, warmbloods, draft crosses, ponies, thoroughbreds, even andalusians... and I've done quite well with all of them if not improved their training.
I don't agree however with how the IHSA shows are operated. Most owners who are willing to let their horses be used for hours on end by rider after rider aren't the ones who have wonderfully trained and safe horses. Perhaps things were done differently in California, but there were some dismal situations for the horses. There's no justifying throwing random saddles and riders on horses and making them participate in 10-15 different classes in a day, if not more. We'll put it this way: I would NEVER allow one of my own horses to be used in one of those shows under any circumstances whatsoever. Nor would I feel comfortable asking a friend or anyone else to allow their horse to be used in the shows, knowing what goes on.
As I have stated, I have nothing against huntseat and I am presently riding a different style of huntseat with a new instructor. The ribbons in the IHSA were going to riders that rode in a manner I didn't want to get into the habit of doing. Whether it was wrong or right I won't try to say, but it wasn't something I was comfortable with. Honestly I don't want to lose my hard-earned dressage seat and manner of riding. As someone who has ridden 12+ years and never shown, I discovered that showing wasn't my cup of tea either.
As you can see there is a broad set of reasons for my choosing to withdraw from IHSA that goes far beyond being on different horses.
Last edited by Eolith; 08-25-2010 at 05:06 PM.