I wasn't sure I should post this on "jumping" because ground poles don't really count lol... anyway here's my question. I am a REAl BEGINNER. And I mean real, I can't get over anything larger than an x rail. So at my stable's schooling show this weekend, i'm in the trotting pole class.
The only problem is, I don't own a horse and I recently changed school horses. My old school horse (Scout) made me feel completely secure and we got a good place together at our last show. But now I have a new horse (Jamaica) who has a bad habit of tripping BIG over poles. That almost launched me last time I rode him, and I also think that tripping over poles is not the best thing to do in a hunter course. Even though I plan to keep riding him, I would really like to show on Scout. I tried to bring it up to my instructor before, but she said that I am too experienced for Scout now. Should I BEG for Scout or just figure out a way to cancel the tripping? I know my instructor well enough to know that she would give me Scout if I really asked, but would it be bad for my progress? I just feel that I would do better and feel MUCH safer on Scout than Jamaica.
Also, regardless of which horse I get, how do you stop tripping/touching of ground poles? I know its probably obvious but I just can't figure it out...
And just remember that yes these are school horses and I am only riding once this week before the show, so long-term answers are fine but won't help me about the show.