Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Western Pennsylvania
I can't say I've ever felt that way..Since I started riding, I was put on the problem horses almost right away, occasionally riding my friend's "perfect pony". I was always told that as long as I was confident I could do it. I've been put in a few positions where I was told that I shouldn't take the horse somewhere because he got too excited and reared..I didn't listen, but when I came off (emergency dismount after I sat down behind the saddle and lost stirrups/reins), it didn't knock my confidence at all, even when BO told me "I told ya so". I knew personally that I could handle just about anything that horse could throw at me, and he never once got me off doing something naughty. While everyone else thought that horse was a waste of time, I put him on barrels, fixed his rearing issue (never reared again from what I've heard), and got him running 19-20s on a 17-18 second pattern at shows.
I know quite a few people talk about how I waste time on horses and how I shouldn't be riding half of them, let alone showing them. But I truthfully couldn't care less. I know that the horses I ride and train will be successful and competitive (or child-safe), and everyone who's said something about me wasting time or not being a good enough trainer will see what I can do at some point or another. I've seen the looks on a few of their faces after I've placed above them at shows and had a better behaved horse than them both in and out of the arena. It's a good feeling when you see them realise you proved them wrong, at least I think it is. I know my best friend (who owns the "perfect pony") tells them good things abou me whenever they say something, and all I have to do is keep doing what I'm doing; nothing more, nothing less.
If you can handle it, don't listen to anything people have bad to say about you or your horse. They'll eventually see, and you can feel 10x better about how far you've come when they realize they were wrong the whole time.
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