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    07-16-2010, 08:09 AM
My horse worth nothing...

I'm p***d. Excuse my french, but that's the mildest word I can think of. I was told by my trainer yesterday (who is eventing instructor) that my qh worth nothing, won't do any dressage or jumping, and is good for trail riding only.

Yes, she's not an english horse (she's ranch bred qh with decent pedigree I must add, I got her out of not-so-good situation as a youngster), but hey, the "basic" dressage in my understanding is not piaffe and pirouette but solid correct WTC, leg yield, and so on. I've been working hard this year with both of them and even granted I'm not a great rider they still did lots of progress comparable with the last year. And my qh doesn't like trails much (although she goes if I go to the park, just doesn't show any excitement) as well she's not big about cow work (she kicks them).

Is it indeed all that useless and she's not good for anything? Should I try something else? But I'm out of ideas frankly. Yes, I'm ranting here, but I'm really unhappy. And no, she doesn't have big medical/confo flows (although she's long backed and short legs) as well as selling her is out of question.
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    07-16-2010, 08:34 AM
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I don't think she/he is worth nothing. If she's quiet, balanced, well cared for, solid and calm then she's absolutly not worth nothing. Of course you won't get thousands and thousands of dollars for her if you choose too sell her but ifs she's a reliable horse she is for sure worth something.
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    07-16-2010, 08:43 AM
She is definitely not worth nothing, QHs aren't just for trail riding and cow work!!! I have a Quarter Horse cross ASH, she has the chunky quarter horse build with a longish back and short legs like your horse but I'm teaching her dressage, whilst she probably wont get past novice level (not sure what that converts to in the US) she is definitely more than capable of the lower levels and looks darn pretty doing it too! . Same goes for jumping when I am ready to start doing more of that (soon), she probably wont ever jump more than 3 feet but I don't particularly want to jump higher than that either haha. If you love your horse then she is already worth more than a high strung fancy horse with a bad attitude!
    07-16-2010, 09:00 AM
I'm sorry, but just about any horse can not only benefit but do well at 1st level dressage. Dressage to me is about attempting to bring out the best in movement and obedience in each individual horse, bring out the best in seat and aids in the rider, and then showcase the fluidity of those two things coming together in the ring. You can always improve her way of going, and you can always improve yours. What a shame that someone is blind to that possibility because your horse is not a warmblood or an oldenburg. Those horses are more sucessful because ideal movement comes to them naturally. You may have to work twice as hard and get half as much, but the work will bring you more personal fulfillment in riding than throwing in the towel and believing your trainer is right.
    07-16-2010, 09:29 AM
Are you certain that she meant only in jumping/dressage? Does she have the qualifications to judge other disciplines?

On the surface, that is a rather narrow minded, subjective opinion. Maybe she has no value as a jumper, eventer, or dressage prospect but then neither would Peppy San Badger, Doc Bar, or Poco Lena, yet they are Hall of Fame cutting horses. To make a blanket statement shows a lot of ignorance if the only value your horse is perceived to have is based on your trainer's specialty.
    07-16-2010, 09:34 AM
I am guessing your trainer is saying your horse is worth nothing as an eventing horse. That does not stretch to mean it is worth nothing in the big picture of life.
    07-16-2010, 09:54 AM
Folks, thanks for your responses! I don't care if she worth nothing money-wise. To me she's priceless anyway, so who cares. And yes, she's VERY well cared, very smart, honest and gives her best usually to try for me (and all that is not just what I say but per instructor as well).

But I'm really upset with the fact that I was told she's useless/hopeless for dressage and jumping. Well no, noone going to jump 4 and even 3' on her (she's not build for that), but at least I hoped to go up to 2'. And yes, I'm an adult and I have no problem with constructive critique, but statements like she can't do anything are just very surprising.

BTW, I attached some pics of her. They are not the best, but feel free to critique/give your opinion. It's April - about 2-3 weeks after I started bringing her (and myself ) back in shape (they had 3.5 months off for the winter). As I said I NEVER get mad about the constructive critique and totally respect it.
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    07-16-2010, 09:59 AM
Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind    
I am guessing your trainer is saying your horse is worth nothing as an eventing horse.
Well, she was not talking about money in this particular case. She meant she worth nothing for dressage and/or jumping training/show-wise, so why the hell try to train/show her then.
    07-16-2010, 10:00 AM
Originally Posted by iridehorses    
Are you certain that she meant only in jumping/dressage? Does she have the qualifications to judge other disciplines?
She doesn't have any other qualifications besides eventing. The problem is I still want to go English rather than Western. :)
    07-16-2010, 10:09 AM
Originally Posted by kitten_Val    
She meant she worth nothing for dressage and/or jumping training/show-wise, so why the hell try to train/show her then.
I don't see how that's her decision to make. Not everyone wants to show.

Are you sure you want to stay with this trainer? I'd be royally peeved if my trainer told me my horse was worthless, just because he didn't fit some narrow minded idea that every horse MUST be show quality.

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