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Blackzodiac 06-27-2013 02:35 PM

Should I still show?
 
I have been riding since I was very young. I have a love of horses and now I am finally able to afford my own.

Along the way, I have made many friends, friends with money who show very beautiful talented, but easy horses.

Last year, at the schooling program a new horse came in. Nobody really knew where he came from and he was green, and ecspecially new to English and jumping. He learned very fast and became a horse only to the most advanced riders in the schooling program. As more and more riders rode him, and as being over worked,
he picked up many bad habits. I finally saved up enough money to buy him and I've been schooling him for a year now and know him very well. He's been mine only for a few days. He isn't an easy horse to ride but I do my best. I want to show with him, I'm working on him changing leads and balancing and we are doing great.

The other girls at my barn, who are my close friends, are criticizing me for buying him. I don't care about showing or winning, I love this horse and I know he is difficult but I don't want any other horse. Everybody talks about how he isn't a warm blood or thoroughbred, he's just a dumpy quarter horse who can't jump.

There was a show at my barn and I decided to graze him, and I watched the girls from the other barns reactions and they laughed and made comments.

I don't understand why people won't take him seriously, he is a beautiful horse. He is just small. He has short but strong legs, a big butt and I don't care if he doesn't look like a hunter horse, I love him. I'm only 5' and 120lbs & he's 15.2. We are a perfect team together. I don't want a bigger horse, or a fancier one.
I have showed with him before in the schooling program, I did 4 shows and here are my places

Hunter flat- 3,4,6,2
Hunter trip 1-1,2,5,6
Trip 2-5,3,3,1

Eq flat-2,5,7,2
Eq trip-4,1,2,1
Eq trip- 1,1,3,1

This was a schooling show, I placed in every class. Each class had between 10-15 people and 1-8places. He does fine in shows, though the first show he was a bit spazzy, he got used to them
We did 2'6 and that's the highest you can do in a schooling show. In rated shows, I am probably looking to do 2'6 or maybe 3' if I feel we're ready
I never really showed in rated shows before
I used to show in short stirrup when I was younger, but only one season.

Should I still show with him? By my friends, i am constantly told not to and I will be laughed at. My instructor says to try and go for it, but I am at a big disadvantage because he's nowhere near pushbutton.

I am working on him alot. He has a few issues at the canter and we have made lots of progress so far.

I just don't know if I should even try showing(if I do show, it won't be anytime soon,I will wait until the fall season starts)

Should I even try, though I will be ridiculed? Or is the show ring really no place for him?
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greentree 06-27-2013 02:45 PM

Is this the horse that would not canter yesterday?

Back in the Stone Age, I showed a Paint when hunters were so conservative that white FEET were flashy. I won my share. It doesn't matter what anyone else thinks.

Dreamcatcher Arabians 06-27-2013 02:45 PM

If you want to show, show. It's nobody's business but yours what horse you ride and show. Go, do your best, remember it's a day to bond and have fun with your horse. All these folks who think they "need" a warmblood or TB to jump 2'6" are silly anyway. Most of them will come back later and buy a QH because they're easier to get along with and not so big. 15.2 is not a "small" horse. It's a normal sized horse, small is 14.1-2 like my old QH was and he carried my sister and me to MANY blue ribbons over fences. He was difficult to, until he'd been ours for a couple of years.

I really can't stand snobby little beasts who talk smack about other people's horses. Those girls who are giving you a hard time about buying your horse, how many horses do THEY own? How many did THEY pay for, not their parents, themselves? I think they're probably jealous because you ride well enough to be able to take a horse that not everyone can ride and get him going well. Don't worry about them.

konikirule 06-27-2013 03:18 PM

I would say go for it if you want to!
It doesn't matter what you place, or what other people think; It's the experience and the fun you have. Two years ago I showed this stocky little pony that was not aesthetically pleasing at all, and she had her issues, but we went out there and showed everyone. Even my trainer recommended me to ride another pony that was "easier and prettier" but I wanted to show my horse.
Even though I never won champion or anything, I still placed and had a blast !

Blackzodiac 06-27-2013 04:36 PM

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Originally Posted by greentree (Post 2909642)
Is this the horse that would not canter yesterday?

Back in the Stone Age, I showed a Paint when hunters were so conservative that white FEET were flashy. I won my share. It doesn't matter what anyone else thinks.

Yes it is, and good for you! I love when I see paint horses showing. Even though today is alot more easy going, I love to know that some riders aren't "too good" for anything other than a "pretty hunter", which is ridiculous to me.
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Blackzodiac 06-27-2013 04:45 PM

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Originally Posted by Dreamcatcher Arabians (Post 2909650)
If you want to show, show. It's nobody's business but yours what horse you ride and show. Go, do your best, remember it's a day to bond and have fun with your horse. All these folks who think they "need" a warmblood or TB to jump 2'6" are silly anyway. Most of them will come back later and buy a QH because they're easier to get along with and not so big. 15.2 is not a "small" horse. It's a normal sized horse, small is 14.1-2 like my old QH was and he carried my sister and me to MANY blue ribbons over fences. He was difficult to, until he'd been ours for a couple of years.

I really can't stand snobby little beasts who talk smack about other people's horses. Those girls who are giving you a hard time about buying your horse, how many horses do THEY own? How many did THEY pay for, not their parents, themselves? I think they're probably jealous because you ride well enough to be able to take a horse that not everyone can ride and get him going well. Don't worry about them.

Thank you so much. This was motivation that I needed. I was put down alot today, because I was hacking and was practices lead changes. He couldn't get it perfectly at first, and the girls asked why I was still even trying. He gets it fine after a while, with practice he will become much better.

And I know, I am the only person at my barn who bought a horse THEMSELVES. Yes, my parents helped me quite a bit for my 16th birthday gift, but I payed for about 3/4 of him, because I worked at the barn grooming, pony rides, birthday parties(when they had them) and I saved my lunch money and brought an apple to school, I didn't buy anything for myself, no new clothes(besides horse related things I needed, like a new helmet) and now I board, which is expensive but my parents are willing to pay for half each month as long as I keep my grades up next year.

I get criticized about my riding alot at my barn, because he has horrible transitions into the canter. He takes quite a few trot steps and we are working on that. These girls have a horse that if you slightly cue him, he will go perfectly. I have never seen any of their horses buck while they're on them, and I get bucked off nearly every day, and his bucks are quite big too. He bucks at least 10 times before going into a canter, and I'm working on fixing this. Those girls would sell him as soon as they fall off, and wouldn't dare ride him

I don't know why I get so much criticism from them, and it doesn't matter because I will show, and getting a 5th on a very difficult horse is MUCH more of an accomplishment than getting a first on a pushbutton horse, in my book anyway.

So thank you, I'm glad somebody supports me.
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Blackzodiac 06-27-2013 04:47 PM

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Originally Posted by konikirule (Post 2909906)
I would say go for it if you want to!
It doesn't matter what you place, or what other people think; It's the experience and the fun you have. Two years ago I showed this stocky little pony that was not aesthetically pleasing at all, and she had her issues, but we went out there and showed everyone. Even my trainer recommended me to ride another pony that was "easier and prettier" but I wanted to show my horse.
Even though I never won champion or anything, I still placed and had a blast !

Yes, as long as you love your horse, it doesn't matter. I don't care if he's not a "show horse" he can be, and even if he doesn't look the part, he's still beautiful
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gigem88 06-27-2013 04:57 PM

Sounds like you and your horse are a good team, poo poo on the mean spirited people. Sounds like they could be a tad jealous of you. You bought a less than push button horse, schooled him and shown him. Just to let you know, my sister has a big butt QH that she did eventing and dressage on. She always said she felt like she was on a pony compared to all the warmbloods, but they held their own and even got the chance to go to regionals. Hang in there and enjoy your horse!

Blackzodiac 06-27-2013 05:05 PM

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Originally Posted by gigem88 (Post 2910946)
Sounds like you and your horse are a good team, poo poo on the mean spirited people. Sounds like they could be a tad jealous of you. You bought a less than push button horse, schooled him and shown him. Just to let you know, my sister has a big butt QH that she did eventing and dressage on. She always said she felt like she was on a pony compared to all the warmbloods, but they held their own and even got the chance to go to regionals. Hang in there and enjoy your horse!

Thank you so much! And aw that's great for her! Me and him are a good team, at least I think so. He was thought to be abused and he is very mean to people on the ground, and I have gained his trust fully and he lets me grab his face and kiss him. I have a bond with him and I don't care what others even have to say anymore
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toto 06-27-2013 05:09 PM

There it is again.. someone saying 15.2 is short! :lol: :-P

people talk trash when theyre threatened and jealous! Its always the ones that have no idea what theyre talking about anyway- so if theyre not worth feeling bad over anyway!

And Your horse aint dumpy hes just stronger than theirs! :-P

15.2 is perfect for anything youll want to do horseback and youve got the perfect breed to it with too! ;-)


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