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        01-21-2014, 12:29 AM
    Oh and I just looked at him on your profile, and he is very handsome!! He looks so kind. I love thoroughbreds, my boy Smokey is an TB ex-racehorse.
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        01-21-2014, 10:47 AM
    I have a thoroughbred that I bought, and my main goal was to do dressage and some jumping. Of course there are people that laugh and roll their eyes at her, but I didn't care. I love my mare. There are people in every discipline that will laugh at you, or look down on you. The people who weren't the nicest to me were usually those who owned high dollar warmbloods.
    And my mares feet are very strange as well... their shape is very odd.
    The sad truth in my mares case... she had an injury and while she is now sound... he will never be everything I dream she could be. Sometimes when we love a horse we do have to realize that they may NOT be able to do what we dreamed that they could. But I love my mare, and I wouldn't care if all she could do was an occasional walk/trot class. I had to take a step back in my goals for now, but that's okay... she is worth it.
    Don't pay attention to them. They aren't worth listening to.
        01-21-2014, 06:36 PM
    Whether Hooch can or cannot do dressage is beside the point IMO. You love him, he's a good honest horse and you're having fun teaching him what he can manage to do. Just roll with it. Smile at the haters and tell them you're just enjoying the attempt to teach him, that you think its fun, and you're learning through teaching what may not be the most ideal horse.
        01-21-2014, 06:38 PM
    I bet he could do very well in dressage if you feel that he could! You know best!
        01-21-2014, 07:39 PM
    When I was 11, my parents purchased a 3 year old unbroken ridgeling foundation type Quarter Horse for me. All I wanted to do was to jump. Everyone told me he would NEVER be a jumper. The other kids with their thoroughbreds smirked and laughed at me behind my back, and were snobby towards me, but I KNEW he could do it. Several years later he was nationally ranked in the open and junior jumper circuit, and the snobs never got past the local shows. By that time, it didn't matter if he had made it - he was MY horse, and I loved him no matter what. I'm glad I gave him a chance, and he will always be special in my heart.
        01-21-2014, 08:56 PM
    That's actually so ironic that you feel that way, because I've sort of been feeling the same way with my girl!
    I have a 7 year old QH mare with osteoarthritis. She's my best friend, heart-of-gold mare. I too am doing dressage at a primarily hunter barn (although since other people have seen my girl, a couple have tried to do dressage since then as well :). Anyway, last winter, riding became so stressful and difficult because she was constantly sore and stiff that I gave her off for three months. We hired the man that is still my trainer (since last winter) and brought her back into work slowly and patiently... She's still having trouble accepting contact, especially with the cold weather in my region and being in and out of work due to that, but still.

    Lately I've sort of been feeling discouraged. I know that she will get there (I've never competed and I really want to this year), but it's such a fight for it. She is so stiff, often resistant, and evades the bit like crazy, and riding isn't as enjoyable for me anymore and it used to be. Training her is like a job, and I love it and it's super rewarding, but not when my arms feel like they're going to fall off...

    Last week went so much better but yesterday I tried again and it was a horrid ride. I dismounted in absolute tears and practically had an emotional breakdown when I got home (yes, I'm aware that won't do anything for me but it surfaced some feelings that needed to be examined).

    So obviously this isn't about me, although I'm probably going to post a thread soon about my issues because it's been really stressful for me, but what I can tell you is that there are going to be people who look at everything rationally and try to use logic and their own experiences to encourage or discourage you and what can I say but don't listen to 'em. It's going to be a fight, especially because your horse has some challenges and idiosyncrasies, just like mine does, but he's your best friend, just like my girl is for me, and I wouldn't trade her for any other horse. She has come such a long way, and if you just keep persevering and keep fighting, I promise it will come. And then you can watch all of the other people's jaws drop when they realize how great you're becoming, and then they can sulk in their own discouragement.

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