My Question Is: How?
This isn't a rant, rather an exasperation.
My dream is to jump. I have started small and have very realistic expectations, but my goal is to eventually show in jumper classes (not hunters...jumpers.)
I have a very athletic Quarter Horse. I taught him to jump myself, and he's coming along great considering the circumstances. He has been seen by a reputable trainer, and she thinks he has amazing potential. These are my circumstances:
-I bought him when he was 8, and he was very green then. Moved like a bus, was just a pasture rat. He wasn't introduced to jumping until he was 11, so all of these ideas are new to him.
-I board him at a place that breeds and raises Paint horses. The woman used to show and train Western Pleasure, and the only english style would be HUS. She has no experience or knowledge with jumping.
-She has a small indoor arena, which is too small to fit more than three smaller jumps (under 3ft). I generally ride outside. It isn't really an arena, rather a pasture that she only sometimes puts horses in. The size is great, but the footing isn't totally level.
-I ride entirely on a budget. The shows available are expensive, and there really aren't small or very basic shows, that have jumping classes, in Michigan.
-For transportation, we rely entirely on the owner of the barn. It is not financially feasible for us to get a horse trailer, and we'd have nothing to pull it with.
-Boarding elsewhere is not an option, and there are very few trainers who teach jumping. I have had tons of lessons with a trainer up north (never on my horse, always hers), but the costs started piling up and she was trying to pressure me in to buying one of her horses (not an option), and we stopped.
I know I have the ability, and I strongly believe my horse does.
I want to ask you...
How have you guys made your goals work?
Riders aren't 16 and pregnant. Riders are 16 and arthritic.