Wow! Thanks, guys! (You were watching the palomino, right??!!
I usually like my stirrups long, plus I have long legs. That might be giving the impression of keeping my legs off of him. But actually, I use a lot of leg all the time. He is one of those lazy WP horses that doesn't like to go any where unless you push him! And in the shows I try extra hard to keep my leg off of him so the judge doesn't see me cueing him. Maybe I should just forget about what it looks like to the judge and ride him like I normally do??
Tessa, what shows do you go to? 2008 will be our first year showing exclusively at APHA shows so I plan to stay within the state. My goal is to win the Amatuer Rookie of the Year for our state club. Maybe someday I'll save up enough pennies to go to the Paint Congress (I think that's closer to your area).