Should I still show?
I have been riding since I was very young. I have a love of horses and now I am finally able to afford my own.
Along the way, I have made many friends, friends with money who show very beautiful talented, but easy horses.
Last year, at the schooling program a new horse came in. Nobody really knew where he came from and he was green, and ecspecially new to English and jumping. He learned very fast and became a horse only to the most advanced riders in the schooling program. As more and more riders rode him, and as being over worked,
he picked up many bad habits. I finally saved up enough money to buy him and I've been schooling him for a year now and know him very well. He's been mine only for a few days. He isn't an easy horse to ride but I do my best. I want to show with him, I'm working on him changing leads and balancing and we are doing great.
The other girls at my barn, who are my close friends, are criticizing me for buying him. I don't care about showing or winning, I love this horse and I know he is difficult but I don't want any other horse. Everybody talks about how he isn't a warm blood or thoroughbred, he's just a dumpy quarter horse who can't jump.
There was a show at my barn and I decided to graze him, and I watched the girls from the other barns reactions and they laughed and made comments.
I don't understand why people won't take him seriously, he is a beautiful horse. He is just small. He has short but strong legs, a big butt and I don't care if he doesn't look like a hunter horse, I love him. I'm only 5' and 120lbs & he's 15.2. We are a perfect team together. I don't want a bigger horse, or a fancier one.
I have showed with him before in the schooling program, I did 4 shows and here are my places
Hunter flat- 3,4,6,2
Hunter trip 1-1,2,5,6
Eq trip- 1,1,3,1
This was a schooling show, I placed in every class. Each class had between 10-15 people and 1-8places. He does fine in shows, though the first show he was a bit spazzy, he got used to them
We did 2'6 and that's the highest you can do in a schooling show. In rated shows, I am probably looking to do 2'6 or maybe 3' if I feel we're ready
I never really showed in rated shows before
I used to show in short stirrup when I was younger, but only one season.
Should I still show with him? By my friends, i am constantly told not to and I will be laughed at. My instructor says to try and go for it, but I am at a big disadvantage because he's nowhere near pushbutton.
I am working on him alot. He has a few issues at the canter and we have made lots of progress so far.
I just don't know if I should even try showing(if I do show, it won't be anytime soon,I will wait until the fall season starts)
Should I even try, though I will be ridiculed? Or is the show ring really no place for him?
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