Alright... So, I have never shown, ever, in anything. The closest I got was doing drill at a rodeo (pretty big rodeo, but that's all I've done)
Sounds normal so far?
Well I also own a business teaching lessons and exercising horses. I feel I'm very qualified to be teaching what I teach, which is basic safety, riding, and general horse care, mainly to children.
So, I guess I have to show as a professional? Which means I can't show in amateur shows? I don't know about all of this and frankly, I'm embarrassed that I have never shown. I don't even know how to begin though.
A big part of the reason I even want to start showing is to learn the process and then expose my students to it so they don't have the same anxiety I do about it. Is it common? Should I be embarrassed? How do I go about getting started? Both of my horses are ex-reiners but I don't think either could handle a sliding stop. One is 17 and the other is only 9 but chipped his hock before I got him. I also don't want to do anything like barrel racing or pole bending with them. They are both very valuable horses to me, and I make my living with them.
So... I don't even know what to expect at a show. Help me!