I feel like maybe this is a rhetorical question, being that equitation is supposed to be judged on the rider, not on the horse, but maybe it isn't.
My first show where I get to jump higher than crossrails on my own horse is this weekend. She understands lead changes, but can't do a flying in her back, so if we pick up the wrong lead after a jump, she switches her front, and then refuses to change anything. What is the likelihood of me getting penalized for this in an equitation class? She's a paint, so with the unfairness I've seen towards paints at shows, I feel like even in equitation, between two good rounds, the judge will pick the person riding the fancy warmblood doing the flying changes. Enlighten me anyone?