Sad day at the barn

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        07-16-2013, 02:35 AM
    Sad day at the barn

    8 year old kid. Has 4 rideable horse and two in training. Kind of know's he's rich but not really.

    I asked him today about showing.... I asked him what was between hunter and equation.... his answer was hunter was over fences, eq was on flat. This makes me sad for the future.
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        07-16-2013, 02:43 AM
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    I am not sure your point. That kids should not have so much? That him having this much will ruin the hunter/jumper world?
        07-16-2013, 02:52 AM
    Sounds like a smart eight year old!
        07-16-2013, 02:57 AM
    8 year old has been showing for 3 years... hunter is judged on horse, eq is judged on rider. Plus his 12 year old sister is right there with him.

    I just feel like kids should know more about their sport, no matter how old or how involved
        07-16-2013, 03:22 AM
    Green Broke
    Big deal. I probably would have had the same answer as the kid (I trail ride western).
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        07-16-2013, 03:54 AM
    Green Broke
    The kid is 8 :S
    If it bothers you that much, take the time to then sit down and teach him the difference.
        07-16-2013, 04:57 AM
    I don't see the point? He is 8 - he is not supposed to know everything about horse riding and/or showing?

    Sure his parents are rich and he as a lot of horses for a child but surely you can't blame him for this?

    The difference between the two still confuses me!
        07-16-2013, 05:21 AM
    Two weekends ago my 6yo competed in a young handlers class at a show. The judge approached her and began to ask her numerous questions about the horse... and some she got wrong - end of the day she is six, that boy is eight. God knows what answers we came up with at their age. Just because my daughter has a pony and competes, doesn't mean she can or will know everything there is to know at such a young age.

    Give the lad a chance. He is blessed to have as much as he does, but he's a child who is learning... chances are he will be pretty darned good and knowledgeable in time when he should know about these, not right know when he is probably happiest when out having fun.
        07-17-2013, 12:34 AM
    I'm surprised he can even pronounce equitation.
        07-17-2013, 12:40 AM
    Green Broke
    8 makes him what? Third grade? Way back when when I was 8 my biggest concerns were, when do I get to ride and making sure I got icecream in summer.

    I wasnt worried about mastering my patterns, knowing technical terms etc. I was worried whether my friends were going to be there and having fun.

    I didnt get serious about competing till I was 10 or 11

    He's just a kid. Can't expect him to put on grown up pants and get serious whenhes eight years old. 8 yrolds I dknt think even have serious in their vocabulary
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