I went to a dressage show in my area this weekend, hoping to inspire some flame of passion for showing again.
I'm sad to say that this show did the complete opposite for me.
I was surrounded by horses in crank nosebands and overly tight flashes. Riders with big spurs and overly active legs. I saw horses in levels they weren't ready for. I saw spur marks up and down horses' sides.
Granted there was the odd rider here and there that really did look stunning. Quiet legs, a good seat, and hands that didn't have the bit pulled back to the horse's eyeballs. But they were the rarity.
Has showing really changed that much since I was last in the game about half a decade ago? I seem to remember riders being much quieter, with light hands and quiet legs.. or maybe I was just younger with a much more upbeat look on training.
I am not inspired at all to compete again. I am, however, inspired to do well by my horse and take him slowly along, but get the base on him that we need to do well in whatever it is we end up doing.
*sigh* I'm too young to be this jaded!
Sorry for the rant.