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post #1 of 24 Old 02-20-2010, 01:45 PM Thread Starter
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What's your view on the showjumping "draw a horse"?

I ride Western, so it may not be my place to judge, but I have a friend who rides English. At the barn she boards her showjumper at, they go to shows with their barn, and instead of everyone riding their own horse, the riding instructor puts the names of all the horses in a hat and everyone who's showing draws a horse's name from it. Whatever horse they get, they ride in one class, and they draw names for all the classes they go to at each show. They don't ever ride their own horse! Not even in lessons! What's the point of owning/leasing a horse if you only ever ride lesson horses? I understand that being able to ride many different horses is an admired trait, but to never ride your horse? It doesn't make any sense to me. What do you guys think?
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I ride Western, so it may not be my place to judge, but I have a friend who rides English. At the barn she boards her showjumper at, they go to shows with their barn, and instead of everyone riding their own horse, the riding instructor puts the names of all the horses in a hat and everyone who's showing draws a horse's name from it. Whatever horse they get, they ride in one class, and they draw names for all the classes they go to at each show. They don't ever ride their own horse! Not even in lessons! What's the point of owning/leasing a horse if you only ever ride lesson horses? I understand that being able to ride many different horses is an admired trait, but to never ride your horse? It doesn't make any sense to me. What do you guys think?
Sounds very strange! Do they ride the lesson horse in one class and their own horse in another class...?

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This sounds like what they do for college riding teams. As far as the college teams go, I personally think it's a bit unsafe. It's like, "Okay, here's a group of riders, only half of who aren't probably quite green. Let's put them on a horse they've never even touched & send them around a course of jumps!" :\

For me personally, showing is all about exhibiting the bond & teamwork that I have built up with my horse. Getting on some randomer and going around a course just doesn't interest me.
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My friend has never ridden her own horse in a show, and less than 10 times in lessons. In college riding teams they at least ride their own horses in lessons....idk it's just not what I would like doing. Why buy an expencive jumper if you're never going to ride him? I totally agree that it's pretty dangerous. I mean, my friend and I are only in 7th grade. And while most of the horses they draw are lesson horses, I still think seventh graders ought to be riding in safer conditions. I've ridden my whole life but my friend's only been riding a few years....
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I rode IHSA in college and liked it but now that I no longer ride IHSA I would be mad if my trainer made me switch horses and never get to ride my own horse at shows. I'd switch barns lol

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Wow that's really odd..I would be mad if I boarded my horse there and he was never ridden in any lessons/shows by me.
I would switch barns.
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post #8 of 24 Old 02-20-2010, 06:31 PM
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I can understand the concept, but for inexperienced riders, I wouldn't be happy. Also, I trained my horse, I put in the work, I want to reap the feeling of accomplishment when we place well because of my work. =]
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Well said, EMI! I've taught my horse a lot of things, and it would make me mad if a stranger rode my horse in a show and won, when I was riding their horse and lost.
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That's really weird. I would not appreciate having a million different people riding my horse all the time, especially if I didn't get to ride him at all. It's great to gain experience with a variety of horses, but that's just weird.

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