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    06-27-2013, 06:11 PM
Originally Posted by toto    
There it is again.. someone saying 15.2 is short!

People talk trash when theyre threatened and jealous! Your horse aint dumpy he's just stronger than theirs!

15.2 is perfect for almost anything you want to do horseback and youve got the perfect breed to do anything youll ever want to do!
Thank you so much! And I know, compared to the other horses, he is quite small. But 15.2 is the PERFECT size for me. And quarter horses are great at everything!
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    06-27-2013, 06:28 PM
Originally Posted by Blackzodiac    
Thank you so much! And I know, compared to the other horses, he is quite small. But 15.2 is the PERFECT size for me. And quarter horses are great at everything!
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Compared to my 14 hander he's huge! Lol.

They are good at everything! My jumping instructor from when I was younger won gold on her quarter mare years ago-- there will be bratty girls at every show- just ignore em and contine to have a good time they hate it when you do that!
    06-27-2013, 06:47 PM
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I find it hard to believe that stuff like this actually happens.

Not saying the OP is lying or anything like that. I know it does happen. I just find it hard to imagine because all of my life I have never experienced the "Moondance Alexander" type of stereotypes, anywhere. English, Western, hunters, barrels, whatever.

People hating on a rider? Sure, of course. But in my neck of the woods, people love horses. All horses. They just don't make fun of horses for breed or anything like that. If it is a horse, it is welcome and encouraged. Maybe it is in the younger crowd? Or maybe I am just lucky and I don't see it around here.
Now, people will point out when a horse is straight up fugly, but it's never to imply that the horse isn't awesome and can't do something.

Anyway, don't really know why I am rambling. It just makes me scratch my head.

Sorry you have to deal with that, OP. All you have to do is love your horse. No need to justify anything.
    06-27-2013, 07:06 PM
Oh Sunny, it happens more than you would even want to know about. That's the main reason I got out of showing over 25 years ago. I got sick and tired of the political games, judges preference towards horses from famous trainers, people who shelled out big bucks so their kids could have a winning horse, etc. I didn't like what it was doing to my mind (which always transfers to your horse). I school dressage and enjoy working equitation but I'll never show again. It's simply for the advancement of the relationship with my horse- I'm his only judge.

Blackzodiac, I'm glad you have found such a great pal in your new horse!! You keep doing what makes you happy, what makes you feel good inside and you will be miles ahead of all those mean girls. A year from now you will look back at all your progress and swell with pride knowing you did it yourself hour by hour. I'm proud of you!
    06-27-2013, 07:15 PM
Here's old Luckster in his prime. He was 14.1 maybe 2 on a long day and wore an 84" blanket, he was a freakin tank. My sis and I rode him EVERYWHERE and I kept him until he was put down at 32 y.o. He did everything, trails, English, Western, Parades, swim, barrels.....I can't think of anything that I wanted to try that I didn't try on him. My old trainer would always marvel when he'd get up on him, "This horse don't have withers! He's got shoulders like a bull!". Now he's a short horse.

And here's little Miss Odie, she was maybe 13.3 if she was long too. She was one of the most sure footed willing horses I've ever had. I did team penning in a Hunt seat saddle on her. She had a gawd awful club foot and it didn't slow her down a bit.

And the shortest of them all! I don't remember this guy's name, he belonged to a friend of mine. I'm 5'3" and he didn't come up to my shoulder. But he was a little powerhouse and CATTY as all get out. Don't say he's short out loud in front of him, he'd give you a ride you'd never forget.

So.......PFFFT to those jealous beastie girls who want to talk about your "short" horse! LOL!
    06-27-2013, 09:08 PM
A horseshow is a lot different from a schooling show. There are so many distractions for the horse before you even get in the ring. Try to stay with him as much as possible as you're all he knows there and he needs your confidence. Everyone has to get thro their first show which is a big learning experience. If you falter, so will he. I've watched riders literally talk the horse out of doing well as they talk to another rider. Stay focused and you'll be fine. If he blows a class, keep positive thoughts because there's another to ride.
    06-27-2013, 09:33 PM
I'm a reiner, and my horse is 15.1hh and quite a few people have said, 'oh he's big for a reiner'.....he can still slide and spin

It's people like you describe who give many of us the motivation to get on with our own deal, head down, and go out and archive what they thought we couldn't. Seek out the truly successful people and learn from them and their attitude.....and never compare yourself to the likes of the girls who are baiting you......they're not worthy of your time or energy.
    06-27-2013, 10:03 PM
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I was that kid that always had to ride the lesson horses at the show for I don't know how many years. I finally found this awesome horse, he was so beautiful and he had that perfect show horse look. He was a sorrel with a lightening bolt. I had to have him. I worked part time at a shopping center and made payments on him. $500 later he was mine.

I remember the day I took him to my first show. I'd been talking about him for weeks, telling everyone about my $500 Quarter Horse and my $600 trailer. I could NOT wait to show him off.

My horsey friends all gathered around the trailer when I pulled up. I'm telling you, I remember it like it was yesterday. I was so excited. I pulled him off that trailer and "Snot Boy" - that's what we called him, I don't even remember his real name, said... "Are you really going to show THAT? It's a Farmpony."....

Talk about a bubble bursting. It was like someone punched me in the gut. My friend Kelli stepped forward though and said, He's a diamond in the rough. You just wait, he'll shine like a copper penny. She was right.

He was 3 years old and about 200 lbs under weight at the time, I should have hidden him at the farm but I was too proud. He had a hole in his face that was oozing puss because of an abscessed tooth, but I didn't care. He was beautiful.

We won end of year reserve champion that year... I can't count the ribbons he brought me. He's my love... And obviously, where I got my screen name... Farmpony because that's what he is, and 84 because that is the year he was born...

Here is a picture of him now at 29.
So to answer your question, Yes. You should show.
    06-27-2013, 10:39 PM
Snot Boy is GORGEOUS! OMG they must have been so jealous! But, it's only with years and life experience we can look back and see these thing so clearly. Back then it was just a punch in the gut.
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    06-27-2013, 10:45 PM
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That's my Pistol... The ornery old cuss is going blind and only has 4 teeth left but that won't stop him!

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