I have almost given up on Dakota so many times. He's still young and has much to learn and at times, I felt I wasn't ready to teach him. But I stuck with it, I loved him way too much, I learned what I could from him and now we're getting better with each day.
He was also put on pain medication for his back, according to the vet it shouldnt have affected his canter at all, and though he still throws a bit of a tantrum while getting him to canter, he's alright.
I have sat in my room questioning whether or not I should even save to buy this horse, and if I should save longer to lease an easy fancy show horse
But I realized that
1. I would feel awful knowing I gave up on him. He desperately needed someone. He was put in the schooling program without knowing much and was fairly green when they first put him there, and only advanced riders were used to wear him out
2. I would get a lot of first places, but they wouldnt mean anything
3. I don't care about getting a first. Yes, I want firsts so much and I want to win, but I need to have this horse, I need him in my life
4. Someone will always be better than me. Someone will always have a bigger, better, faster, stronger horse, someone will always have the best tack and equipment but nobody will ever have the relationship I have with him
All these girls at my barn have a year lease with the fanciest horse, or buy a horse and sell it a year later to upgrade. They just show with the horse and that's it
I don't know how someone can do that
I mean, I know you have to sell horses sometimes, but this is kind of sad
I got so attached to Dakota. He is my first horse, but I plan on keeping him as long as possible. It's so expensive to board and have vet bills but I work at the barn sometimes for it, I always work shows.
I'm starting to go on a rant here, but I wonder if anyone feels the same way
I just don't understand how someone can buy a horse, win all these ribbons and trophies, and then sell it only to upgrade to a fancier horse to do the same thing again
I love Dakota and I think with enough training he could do 3'
Right now, we have only jumped one or two 3' fences with him, not a whole course
We used to do 2'6 full courses and we slowly came down to 2'
And we've only been doing 2' lately and im told he can never do anything more
My instructor says with a lot of training he may be able to do a whole course
But I feel he's strong. He has no other issues besides a sore back which is going away with pain medication. He is 10.
People think its a joke when I say I want to show in 2'6 next year, and find it hard to believe me when I say I have jumped 3' with him before
Is it really that abnormal for a 15.2 healthy 10 year old horse to be jumping 2'6-3'?
I didnt think so, he is capable of it. 2'6 isn't really high, 3' isn't that bad. I don't know why it sounds so impossible for him to do. If I said I wanted to show 4' jumpers, that would be a bit far fetched. But 2'6 and 3' isn't something rare for a 15.2 10 yr old strong Qh to do.
Oh well, I'll start a new thread asking about this
Just wanted to update and thank you all