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post #21 of 31 Old 06-27-2013, 10:11 PM
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What those girls don't get it, there is no perfect horse, but there is a horse that is perfect for you. You seem to have found that horse very early in life, and that makes you both lucky for finding him and smart for knowing you did. If you want to show him, do it, and enjoy the little secret that you share between you and your horse.

You just have to see your don't have to like it.
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post #22 of 31 Old 06-27-2013, 10:23 PM
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I say go for it, head held high (someone mentioned head down..bull, I stuck my nose up when people criticized my horses lol).

I only do fun shows and such right now, but I LOVE showing. I may have won maybe..6 ribbons in the past 4years, but the confidence and "I don't care what you think" attitude it gave me is priceless.
All I showed for was to introduce the horses to it and use the arena to work on their patterns (I game), lol. I also showed mainly at the beginning of the season, and then at fair at the end of the season. I mainly worked on everything non-gaming in the middle so that I could show the progress my horse and myself have gotten since beginning of the season. I was always told I had the insane horses or that I couldn't train worth a hoot. But, the people that talked about me didn't realize I wasn't going for a winner, I was going to show off how far we've come and to make sure my horse was still sane for the gate. My horse could walk in, canter a pattern, and walk out..their horses reared, bucked, bolted, jumped the gate, etc. I just loved the fact that my horse was always, and it never failed, the most well mannered and desensitized horse there.

But anywho, go show and have fun! Who cares what anyone elae thinks of you or your horse?
That's the main thing I appreciate going to shows for, I'm MUCH happier in life knowing that I couldn't care less about what anyone thinks of me.

Oh, btw, my TB mare is a whole 15.1hh..I plan to do hunters, endurance, cow work (she's actually good!), and gaming with her. And I know a 14.2hh QH/Halfie gelding that will take any jump off class, up to 4.6'. And he usually takes the barrel and pole classes as well.
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post #23 of 31 Old 06-27-2013, 10:48 PM
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Just because you have a 16 or 17 hand horse doesn't automatically been its going to be the perfect horse that is going to jump 3 and 4 foot fences and win blue ribbons every show. Sure TB or warmbloods are nice horses and are commonly shown but that doesn't mean your 15hand QH can't win or show.

To ride a difficult/green horse and ride it WELL is worth a lot more than having a well trained horse showing with a rider perched on top. There are plenty of girls I know who have their hand is Daddy's wallet, who have expensive show horses and place - but haven't yet worked out that the horse is winning those awards not the rider.

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post #24 of 31 Old 06-27-2013, 11:05 PM
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Wait... so is his height the big issue? As far as I'm concerned he's tall for you! I'm 5'3, and my horse is a 15hh QH. I wasn't looking at horses over 16hh when I was searching, and I think that my boy is the perfect height for me. The first person to try and tell me otherwise is going to get a nice big earful! I know it's easier said than done, but work hard, fix yourselves up nicely, and ignore any ugly comments from your peers. Your horse may not be giant, but he can do it and is nowhere near too small for you!
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post #25 of 31 Old 06-27-2013, 11:17 PM
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To add: If these girls are teasing you and laughing at you then they are not your friends.

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post #26 of 31 Old 06-27-2013, 11:56 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!
LOL! Nope it won't stop him. It certainly never slowed old Luckster down. I rode him in his last Christmas parade just before he turned 31. He was still being gently ridden on trail for another year after that.

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post #27 of 31 Old 06-28-2013, 08:44 AM
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My daughter just bought a new horse. Zip is 15.2-15.3 and she is showing for the first time a horse that isn't standing at over 16h and closer to 16.3. Zip has AQHA points showing HUS. Must not be too short! Good luck and have fun!!!
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post #28 of 31 Old 07-03-2013, 10:26 AM
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Do whatcha wanna do. Seriously, who cares what they say? Do what is fun and educational for you and your horse.

I remember going to a h/j show. We were eventers. My friend had a 17.2 leopard app that was a combination moose, giraffe, and pig--big, pushy, awkward looking on the ground. I was walking coach's horse, she was walking the app. Yeah, we got comments.

Later that day we were sitting in the stands watching yet another 2'6" class. The people in the stands in front of us were commenting on having seen us walking our horses by earlier and making rude comments, not realizing we were behind them. We just snickered as they lauded the horses from their team. We could see from a distance that one was a deadhead, one was fine, and one had crooked legs we wouldn't touch with a 10 foot pole. Anyway, the reason we laughed? The horse I was walking was coach's CCI**** eventer that had competed at the Olympics and was doing the 4' jumper classes that weekend. The appaloosa was incredibly talented (later ended up comfortably jumping 4' and doing 3rd and 4th level dressage) in spite of his less than pretty looks on the ground. They didn't think anything of our horses because of the look, but pretty is as pretty does.

That evening coach took the team XC schooling elsewhere on the grounds. The app was supposed to jump a one stride Prelim combination. The dang horse kept bouncing it, he was jumping so big--a la Murphy Himself. The show photographer, bored of taking the same picture of the same jumps, went out and took a few candids of this. Well, those girls ate their words when they saw the pics the next day! It was pretty funny.

If you love the horse, he can do the job, and you are having fun and learning, who cares what they say?
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post #29 of 31 Old 07-03-2013, 04:49 PM
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Pfft, my mare is 15.1 HH and we beat 18 other people in 3' jumpers last year. She was also the only horse to go completely clear in all jumping classes entered.
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post #30 of 31 Old 07-03-2013, 05:15 PM
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Don't listen to those people who say your horse isn't full of one breed or make fun of you or something. They just have a few issues.

Don't let them change your mind either. My main horse - Brisco - is the bossiest, pushiest, and most butt-headedest (I know its not a word) horse in the world. He will not hold still, he gets too far ahead, he gets excited easily. All my friends tell me he isn't show ready. But you want to know something funny??? None of them have even touched a horse. I would be very surprised if they have indeed.

I will be showing Brisco this year, and the next, and the next, and the next. I have three more years I am allowed to be a student member in 4-H and those are the times when I will definitely be showing in fair. I don't care if we get kicked out - I love him to death and I think we did good none-the-less.

Go for it, Blackzodiac. Get out there are have some fun. Who cares if you knock down every jump? As long as you had fun - you are already a winner.

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