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    07-09-2012, 11:21 PM
  #1
Trained
* HELP* I need some quick input, Who do I invest in??

I have been waiting to hear from the trainer I chose for Ben, and have just had a call that they have a vacancy and could take him in the next day or two, great BUT...

I'm not sure if I want to send him anymore, just in case anyone doesn't know, I bought Big Ben here, 9 years old, and only very green broke, through no problem of his own, very sweet, but knows nothing.



His pros, he has a sweet nature, and quite a nice action, he will be very eye catching in the dressage ring. He certainly can carry my weight with no issue, but I don't know how far he will be able to go.

I then bought Emmy here, 8 years old, pretty solid, she is a keeper, a meeting of hearts. I will try her with dressage, but I don't care if she does it or not.



She is well broke, but it's obvious that she has never been out of an arena, or ridden on a rough surface, she needs to get out and see things. If I sent her to the trainer I think she will do well.

My dressage hopes could lay with this girl, Willow, she was kind of thrust on me, and so far I'm really really liking her, such a sweetie



She is not the type I would normally choose, but she will take me a long way in dressage, she has a great mind and great movement.

My trainer is strongly suggesting that I keep Willow, invest all of my time in her, and let Ben go, as I have to get so much put into him before he will be where I want.

She also is pointing out that while I am comfortable with Ben because of my size, there is no reason why I can't slim down and fit Willow a lot better, she pointed out that she had nearly done that at the start of the season, but buying a bigger horse is accepting that you are goin to stay big...

So throw out some ideas, who should stay who go, who should I invest my training dollars in?
     
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    07-09-2012, 11:29 PM
  #2
Weanling
First, I have to point out that I also have 2 mares named Willow and Emmy.

Well I'm not exactly the dressage type, but my say is that you send Willow in if you believe she has the most potential and she would also help set a personal goal for yourself that could help you. As for Emmy, I can't see why you can't take her out yourself. However, I'm sure there's an explanation behind that...

Listen to the others though, since I'm a western rider. I'm just saying what I think would be good.
     
    07-09-2012, 11:31 PM
  #3
Foal
Golden Horse....


Please please please ride the horse that fits you now. Changing your body for a specific horse is good motivation but.... you'll look just as awesome as a skinny chick on a huge horse as you do now...which is fantastic already. Your not on a couch...your riding and dreaming big dreams.

My vote goes to Ben. He's looking great in that pic and you say he's got a great attitude. You two learn together!
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    07-09-2012, 11:33 PM
  #4
Foal
I may not be much help but I would probably go with your trainers advice, first bc if she likes willow more the likelihood she will put that llittle touch extra effort in will probably pay off and like your trainer says it can give you a goal to work towards well she is in training, she looks like a nice solid mare who will carry you just fine either way though

I like to take the advice of people I trust but really in the end it's what's in your heart, which horse, once trained will you be more motivated/excited to go out and ride everyday? Because that's what matters, not the ribbons or talent, who will get you excited about your goals and dreams!

Best of luck :-D
     
    07-09-2012, 11:54 PM
  #5
Weanling
Choosing the smaller horse in hopes that it will help you be motivated to slim down is like buying a pair of jeans that are too small hoping you will fit into them someday. They will just make you feel uncomfortable. You seem to feel more confident on the bigger horse and if your trainer is not willing to work with that than I don't know what to say. I like the motivation factor but in my xperience that ends up being a downer when you can't lose the weight. I have been wearing pants that are too tight for years. They hurt me and some I have to leave wide open because I can't even button them up. It would feel betteer to have something that fits right for where you are right now.
     
    07-10-2012, 12:05 AM
  #6
Trained
OK, here we go, this is what we look like at the moment


I will say that she showed no signs of being worried by my weight, although I wouldn't do anymore than walk trot her at this stage, but at least you can see what we are talking about.

Oh and I can't/don't want to put the hours on Emmy, she is just to reactive at the moment
     
    07-10-2012, 12:06 AM
  #7
Foal
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Originally Posted by Centaurheart    
Golden Horse....


Please please please ride the horse that fits you now. Changing your body for a specific horse is good motivation but.... you'll look just as awesome as a skinny chick on a huge horse as you do now...which is fantastic already. Your not on a couch...your riding and dreaming big dreams.

My vote goes to Ben. He's looking great in that pic and you say he's got a great attitude. You two learn together!
I agree with this completely, work with what is best NOW instead of spending your money on what could be. Sending the mare away for training just sets you up for disappointment if life gets in the way of plans to lose weight. Set your self up for success and invest in the horse you can enjoy as the rider you are today.
     
    07-10-2012, 12:12 AM
  #8
Foal
Ride her for an hour everyday for a month and then see how she's doing. Meanwhile keep Ben. Lots of dressage judges love big horses and quiet riders. I don't think your first ride on Willow tells us a lot. But I think she's nice. Not Omg dressage amazing but pretty. She really doesn't have big movement but that might have been the first ride nerves.
     
    07-10-2012, 12:35 AM
  #9
Yearling
I would stick with Ben. When you feel comfortable, you are confident!
     
    07-10-2012, 12:43 AM
  #10
Green Broke
Ben gets my vote. Then, everything your trainer has you do on Ben, go home and practice on Willow. I realize she won't get the trainer time Ben will, but campaign Ben this year, will help both of you towards fitness, and working Willow will only make her easier to send to the trainer next year.
Of course, I love Bens bigness and then Stewie was Americas Next Top Model: via Canada.
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