I have a good horse. He has evented under a professional rider. He has evented all 3 phases in a snaffle. He has jumped 4' competitively and done a huge amount of showing in other disciplines as well.
I have shown him in 18" baby eventing, 2'8" showjumping, and soon show hack classes. I showjump him in a snaffle but stadium and XC in either a kimblewick or a pelham based on how he is on the given day. For some reason stadium vs showjumping, stadium blows his brain and showjumping is fine. We're currently dressage-ing in a pelham to get him used to the action of it [double reins of course] for the upcoming show hack classes, because I don't trust him in group canters, and a pelham is more appropriate than a kimblewick for show hack classes.
We have won. We have placed. NONE of it has been purely on the merits of my good horse, if I screw up he goes horribly and he has bucked me off, bolted, refused and run out plenty of times because of one or another of my mess ups. He's also bolted a couple of times through no fault of mine, but as I learn more and ride him better, he bolts less and less often.
The BEST schoolmasters are the ones that, if you ask wrong, they don't do what you're asking.
I got to ride an Inter1 horse, one step down from grand prix. I got to ride him twice, and he was AMAZING. Very fancy horse, very expensive horse. Very LAZY horse. I could get him to work nicely on a circle in a working trot, but anything beyond the very basics, no chance, because I don't know how to ask, and I could not for the life of me comfortably ride his canter. The day after my second ride of him, I watched a girl ride him who couldn't have been more than 13 years old, and probably not even that. She was riding him in a double bridle, sitting his trot easily, and putting him through his paces through all his laterals. Tempi-changes, collection and extension, the works. Same horse, I swear - I got him out of the pasture and tacked him up for this girl, so I should know - but with two different riders, two COMPLETELY different results.
A team is only as strong as its weakest link.
Last edited by blue eyed pony; 10-24-2012 at 04:57 PM.