How do I tell her?
I have someone I'm giving lessons to. She wants to show beginner novice this year in western pleasure. She rides once per week, but honestly? She's got a long way to go. I'm trying to teach her the ideas of steering, helping her teach her horse to neck rein, etc.
The problem is, is that she rides this horse once per week. This horse needs some serious work. She gets away with murder, and you really have to ride this horse. I was on her for about 15 minutes last week, and my legs are killing me!
The mare does know somethings. She jogs pretty easily, she just needs some consistency - which she obviously isn't getting because of a novice rider and lack of riding.
Simply, I don't believe that they'll be ready unless she really commits to riding 6 days per week, which is hard because she lives 40 minutes away from the barn. Or, she could send her to a trainer, or sell her and get a push button horse. She doesn't want to sell the horse because she knows the horse, and she knows what she has with her.
She's not looking for big time showing, but she really thinks she can go out there and she wants to do something - or so she's lead me to believe. Beginner classes around here are tough, and walk jog classes are tougher (with all them fancy BNT's around these parts ;D).
I could go to an auction tomorrow and find her an better horse for her, who has more try and less 'F YOU!'. I just don't want to offend her, or make her feel like crap - but she needs to commit, or upgrade to a better, 100% broke horse - and I know that a horse will lose tuning over time, but trying to fix an attitude when that attitude isn't worked everyday is **** near impossible.
Sorry for the novel 8O... So how do I tell her that she needs to up the commitment, or ditch the show idea and wait for next year (or longer)?
Honestly, I'm not even sure how she's getting to the shows... My trailer will be full this year, between the yearlings and my gelding. So maybe I'm just looking too far into the future.
I've got a lovely bunch of Neuticals,
There they are all standing in a row
Big ones, small ones, some as big as your head