I don't think showing is her main goal but its a good way to keep the horse in shape
In shape? Doesn't that mean he'd have to have a shape to begin with? He's not of a healthy weight. There shouldn't be a worry about keeping him in shape yet! She said herself, she only walks and trots because he physically shouldn't be ridden very hard.
idk what shows you guys do but in my experience...most shows I do, schooling or not, the horse has just about as much fun as me....which is usually a lot....so on the subject of stressing the horse out...that is a rider error...your horses are sensing your stress
Shows are stressful. A horse is being taken out of his home environment and put into a place that is unfamiliar. There are people, dogs, trucks, other horses, etc... new sounds and smells... it's not a walk in the park. A seasoned show horse has fun at a show, I agree! But I don't think a rescue horse who was rescued less than two months ago should be exposed to that kind of thing just yet.
We're not saying that the horse and rider aren't bonded. They definitely can be. However, when a horse is put in that kind of environment, you need to know them inside and out 100%... which is doubtful that she's reached that point with him in two months. No doubt they have a bond and love for each other though.
I don't know about JDI's showing experience, but I am not a novice. I have been showing since I was old enough to enter walk/trot events on my own. I grew up on a breeding farm and we showed constantly. I have been to the APHA world show all my growing up... and countless others. I am exposed to the show world. I feel like I can have a say in this that matters.
You can do what you want at the end of the day, but like JDI said... I lose respect for someone who would show a horse in that condition... and that IS rushing a horse. He's not ready. There is another thread where the OP says she's just starting western on him, first ride being 10/19... and she wants to show on the next weekend in something she AND the horse don't have much experience at? Really? Beyond the fact he is a rescue that's a little hasty.
And 1dog- I agree W/T won't hurt him. But four classes, and being in the show environment is stressful.