And the discrimination continues LOL.
I agree with Kayty. Number one, these are not quarter horses and number two this is not a barrel race. Apples and oranges.
I was at a competition last weekend on a very spooky, hot horse and it is not fun to be on something you have to get through a test on that you know is going to be flying sideways at least once during the ride. There are also rules about how far from the ring spectators must be. Were there not stands and designated spectator areas?
Yes, I hack and desensitize my horses but it does not change the fact that they are hot, high powered athletes and asking the young ones to focus in a new place with scary things is very difficult on the particularly spooky ones. I would suggest to you next time to go to a designated spectator area and watch from there. Although it sucks you had a bad day, the show was not put on specifically for you and your enjoyment. When you pay for tickets to an event and are in a designated area - then you have grounds to complain, JMO.
If you want I can put you on the hot kid and you can see how much you want to ride around a pram LOL this stands for everyone - I have photos of this horse 6' off the ground :P And that's after desensitizing.
I also enjoy how in the dog thread I'm the only person who has ridden lots with playing dogs in the indoor arena - at home I desensitize so much! At a competition is not the place. My horse could spook away from the pram into you and your child or another person. It is not a controlled environment and not a safe place to be doing desensitizing.
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I worked with several 'hot' show horses for a few years getting them ready for nationals and shows, grant it that was saddleseat, park classes, and driving competitions but you know what we always did? We desensitized them to EVERYTHING that could possibly come up. Including babies and strollers (prams). IMHO if you can't desensitize even a hot horse at a show or work them through it (spook or no spook) then that's a problem on your end, not the spectators. Heck when I went with my boss to a couple of shows we'd take the horses up and down and around the crowds every chance we got to get them used to stuff and some of those horses were hotter than most warmbloods! I also hold the strong opinion that just because you paid to enter that class does not mean that every one needs to cater to what you haven't gotten your horse used to. I was always told that you made sure your horse was 100% ready BEFORE you even thought about putting the $$$$ into that class.
OP I'm sorry you had to face such a bad scenario. It really was ridiculous and uncalled for to have you move multiple times and then leave.
P.s I ride dressage, I plan to compete in that discipline when I get my next horse so I'm not being biased or discriminatory because EVERY discipline can be like that. But still I would be mortified to ask someone from the audience to move back because my horse was spooking and I'm pretty sure that my trainer would pull me off my horse and beat me to death for even suggesting that.