Originally Posted by Jr_lover
At first I wanted to argue its ok to play and work with your horse but the combination together lets face the facts it just wont work. Even if your horse works fine in the ring if he becomes a top show horse or anything it might not be the same as another top show horse...you get it? Its kinda hard to explain but yea I basically had to go through it a couple times in my head until I started getting it.
Although I think there are those horses that can do both perfectly fine but most people in top shows don't do that. Basically there horses only know to do that thing they were trained for and they don't act a fool. Its just hard for me to explain. But just like I said you may still have those horses that are played with and loved that do show really good but honestly probably not like the top show horses.
Are you kidding? Not that I am one, but I would guess that at the top level, the difference between the show horse who gets burned out and the show horse that does not is the fact that their human cares enough about them to really know them, play with them, love them, talk to them, etc. Like I Love Lane said, people who REALLY know their horses, show them better.
Maybe I am just being optimistic...because no matter how good I got with showing horses, I don't think I could turn it into an all business operation.