ClippityClop, I think you are being wise.
I make my daughter's coach/trainer crazy because I let Kitten enjoy her horse. Yes, we show English (on the flat currently), but Kitten also loves play days (barrels and poles), cow sorting, and trail riding. Our trainer has been working on slowing down their canter...but when Kitten runs barrels, she and Acey tear around like her tail is on fire. I told the trainer that while I respect her, I don't want to end up with a 1,000 pasture puff because we burn Kitten out with show riding only. Horses should be fun...and a good horse can do a little bit of everything.
I know two little girls whose parents purchased finished show horses. The girls are only allowed to ride one day a week and their trainer must be present. (To avoid messing up the horses' training). At shows, their grooms do the warm up; the girls only ride in the show ring. After 2 years you can tell the girls are losing their passion for horses. It's really sad.
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