The first time I took my now 24 year old QH to a show, he was 3 then...
I thought he was the most beautiful horse anyone could ever own and I was so excited, I pulled him off the trailer and all my friends gathered around to see him for the first time.
He was about 200 lbs under weight, you could actually put fingers between his ribs, he had starvation hairs, he had a hole in his face that drained puss and I didnt own clippers so I did his bridle path with scissors. He was so pretty... Anway, I pulled him off the trailer and everyone was so nice about him until this boy with his fancy appy walked by and laughed so loud. I remember to this day, he said "You are NOT going to show THAT FARMPONY are you?"
I showed him alright... he reared in every class! I fell off in the warm-up ring, he got loose from the trailer and I've never been prouder... I OWNED HIM... bought him with MY OWN money... I was like... 16 maybe 15. I didnt know how bad he looked until years later when I looked at pix... wow... I took him out in public like that!