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post #21 of 26 Old 04-15-2014, 05:37 PM Thread Starter
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Our trainer does a very good job at explaining how they are being judged and I've learned a lot over the years about riding in general. I'm at almost every lesson, and she does a great job of giving feedback to kids and parents. Her pony is still green and just will never win under saddle. But we don't care about all that. We love him and he's great for us for now (we lease). And especially at the schooling shows, there are a lot of inconsistencies with judging. But again, we don't care. She would love to get blue every time, but it does not matter. I am just questioning showing versus not showing. Is the cost worth the benefit? When I had my revelation at the last horse show, I talked to my husband (who wasn't at the show). He thinks a couple a season would be good, but not every show is necessary. Allie said she likes showing but she doesn't have to do them all the time. So I feel like we are finding a compromise, which feels good. It's easy to be swept into it though. There is one girl at the barn who is all about competing, winning, riding the best horse, and all that. I feel like she is lost in all that and then doesn't focus on the horse being a living animal to bond with and enjoy. Allie likes to just tool around with her pony. Not every time she saddles up has to be better than the last. She just enjoys him. And I want her to know that that's ok too. And I want to encourage that. I don't know. Maybe it's because I'm not competitive by nature. But thanks for the book recommendation. I might pick it up just to get better informed.
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post #22 of 26 Old 04-15-2014, 05:54 PM
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Allies sounds a lot like my daughter Kitten. :). For her, it's about the bond with her horse. She loves Acey more than any blue ribbon. We usually choose one show each month to attend and that's enough for us.

Good luck and keep encouraging your daughter to have fun! :)
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post #23 of 26 Old 04-15-2014, 05:56 PM
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I showed a bit as a kid, but stopped when my parents bought a place where we could keep our horses. They sat me down and explained that we could either buy this place where I could ride everyday, but there would be no more lessons or shows. They were asking my "permission" although I doubt it would've really mattered if I'd said no.

I really enjoyed showing and lessons. I wasn't top notch yet, we didn't have money, I didn't ride the nicest horses in the barn, and more than once the horse that I'd schooled up to be one of the nicer horses would be taken away by one of the wealthier families. As a 12 year old that bothered me a lot. As a 33 year old I can see what that taught me. Anyways. I really enjoyed it and I am not a terribly competitive person nor did I have a bunch of good friends at the shows.

I haven't shown beyond the rare county gaming show since and I still enjoy riding regularly. In my teen years I would go out on the trail all day exploring with my horses, I taught them all sorts of stupid things, and reveled in our mutual freedom. As an adult I enjoy teaching both my horses and myself to be better than what we were. Beyond that I genuinely enjoy spending time with them.

If given the opportunity to show again I'd do it, although it would be more for fun than anything else and always with the best interest of my horses foremost in my mind.
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post #24 of 26 Old 04-17-2014, 04:40 PM
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You know if your daughter isn't into it I wouldn't push it. I personally love having a set goal to work towards so keeping a regular show schedule is great for me. Well, it's also my job... but even if it wasn't I would love to show all the time! I find myself getting a little lazy and unmotivated during the winters. So if your daughter isn't interested in showing that much because she honestly isn't THAT into it, and she's learning at home, and she is completely content just being around her pony I wouldn't push it. If she deep down wants to show but is discouraged bc her pony is green and not a good mover, or she's afraid of failure, etc, well, those would be different issues. It sounds like she just loves being around her pony and having a good time and that's such a wonderful thing. IMO the cost is only worth the benefit if she is truly enjoying it and wants to do it. I think you're probably ok going either way.
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post #25 of 26 Old 04-17-2014, 06:39 PM
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Hunter really is mostly about showing. Maybe you could find a barn that teaches general English riding that would be less competitive. I'm not competitive either and being pushed to compete turned me off of riding at one point.

I don't see any benefits showing at all. It makes people do stupid things like push their horses too hard, always spend money on the latest fashionable equipment, and pull their horse's manes so they look ugly whenever they're not braided. Not to mention that it's nearly impossible for judges to be objective. Yes, sometimes riders need to be evaluated, but that's what rider levels are for.
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post #26 of 26 Old 05-05-2014, 07:51 PM
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I personally love showing. I am a pretty competitive person and find it as a really cool way to see how you stack up. I like to see what the judge thinks of me and the whole show atmosphere is like a my drug, I just can't get to much!
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