He's a very cute horse who seems like he is trying very hard for you.
You've jumped him once or twice a month, I assume full courses to prepare for the show? And he's been to at least three shows, which usually consist of several classes, and possibly more than one day of showing, which is fairly stressful on a horse that hasn't been properly and gradually built up to that degree of work.
And yeah, you think you're right and I think I am. Who cares? Not everyone is going to agree with you.
The difference being that several people have chimed in with views that are similar to Blush's, and I haven't seen one person say, "Oh yes, ErikaLynn. Jumping full 2'3" courses on a 3-year-old on a consistent basis is a great idea (or even just an okay idea)!"
Why don't you go preach to race horse owners that start training horses to race at 2 years old.
Because race horse owners aren't posting here asking for critique of their training methods. Your riding is
training, so you claim, which you asked for a critique of. Your choice to ride him at this age is part of your method of training.
I will say that you The one thing you are
right about is:
"...and I have to live with that."