Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Kansas in the summer, Kentucky most of the time
I totally agree.
I have a riding buddy who has a 5 year old mare that she just started eventing a year ago (almost exactly). She bought her for a pretty penny as an unproven 3 year old by a very famous eventing stallion. She did one beginner novice and moved up to novice where she had some major ditch and water refusal issues. However, she took her to Florida and moved her up to Training in May. She still has refusal issues but often still gets a good placing because her dressage is fantastic. The horse's jumping style is not ideal and in fact- scary at times. But, she pushes her because she thinks she can. A BNT told her to slow down but she insists on taking the horse Advanced by the time she is 8 or 9. The horse is totally maxed out at Preliminary.
I hate that eventers today are starting to think that the horses are disposable and don't listen to their needs as much.
I think bringing the long format back would give some a wake up call. I'm totally in support of bringing the long format back and I'm very glad that they are doing Novice and Training 3 days with all phases.
Look like a SUPERSTAR, Ride like a FOUR STAR, Win like a ROCKSTAR
Eventers: Making BAD Dressage look GOOD!