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post #11 of 16 Old 05-07-2012, 12:01 AM Thread Starter
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Often I find horses that can "do it all" (especially at the open show level) really are just mediocre in a bunch of things.

Mildot, I think you are confusing the open/local level "all arounder" with the breed show AAs. A TRUE breed show all-around horse is definitely a hot commodity, and can cost quite a bit of money. These are the horses that go all day and stay strong. Showmanship, HUS, HSE, sometimes the hack, WP, WH, WR, Trail. Those are the main classes the AA horses go in. And to be competitive at the breed show level in those classes takes a lot of horse, a lot of time, and a lot of work. A horse that can do all of those classes and do it well is a very special horse.


To the OP, I feel that you should judge your horse without rose-colored glasses. How deep is the competition at your current shows? If you are planning to step up to a higher level of competition, then you need to choose the field that your horse most succeeds in and go from there. If he's not a good hunter, then get out of it and focus on developing a stronger western horse and vice versa. You need to judge your horse's abilities without bias.

Completely understand. I try to be honest with my abilities and my horses. He's awesome for local stuff, he's fun to ride but he's not going to be and eventer, I am not going to jump him. He's not cowy enough to be cutter. He's got to much knee action to be an AQHA show horse. I have used him nearly to his full potenial and in my eyes he's still perfect. He's got some more head way in green reining so I am trying to work him on reining and english pleasure.

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post #12 of 16 Old 05-07-2012, 12:02 AM
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You said your horse can do anything, but which disipline does he perform best in and enjoy the most? Which disipline do you perform the best in and enjoy the most?-- I personally would base the decision on that.
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Thanks for all the help everyone!

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post #14 of 16 Old 05-07-2012, 12:24 AM
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Thats sort of what I am trying to get at. I want to specialize, compete and win but I just can't decide on which event.
Then I suggest that you just try as many as you can. Try borrowing a horse that's trained in a discipline to get a feel for the ones your horse doesn't do, too. Humans live quite a long time, so you have lots of years to hop around, check things out, and ultimately decide which you like best.
And you don't HAVE to go with the discipline your horse is best at, not if your heart lies with another one. Doing a discipline you hate because your horse is good at it/ loves it is going to make both of you miserable- the passion has to be in both horse and rider.
So look around, try it all out, figure out where you and your horse want to be, if your horse is going to go where you want to go, and then make a decision. Is there any discipline you prefer right now, even slightly? You have quite a list of things you do... Or, is there a certain aspect of riding/ horses that you like? That could be a deciding factor on which discipline you go with.
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Mildot, I think you are confusing the open/local level "all arounder" with the breed show AAs. A TRUE breed show all-around horse is definitely a hot commodity, and can cost quite a bit of money. These are the horses that go all day and stay strong. Showmanship, HUS, HSE, sometimes the hack, WP, WH, WR, Trail. Those are the main classes the AA horses go in. And to be competitive at the breed show level in those classes takes a lot of horse, a lot of time, and a lot of work. A horse that can do all of those classes and do it well is a very special horse..
Regardless of all that, those breed all rounders will be attractive only to those who show only in breed clubs.

No serious eventer, for example, is going to even consider an AQHA all-rounder for their sport. Same goes for people who are serious about jumpers, hunters, or dressage.

I don't know much about western sports, but I bet those who are serious about theirs will want a specialist too.

Point is, outside the breed community, I don't think there is much of a market for the so-called all-arounders when it comes to serious sport horses.
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Thats sort of what I am trying to get at. I want to specialize, compete and win but I just can't decide on which event.
I'd suggest you to try several lessons with your horse in each discipline you like. In my experience it becomes very clear what is the preference for the horse, and if you can't choose yourself horse will do it for you.

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