I hate it when people....
im not so sure if this is in the right category thingy but...
I hate it when people say i cant do something with my horse. okay story time:)
I was at the barn today. I board my horse at a mostly pleasure horse barn. given their are a few eventers and hunter/jumpers there. but mostly western and english pleasure riders. Im wanting to get into eventing with my 4 year old paint. He has no formal training in pleasure or anything. I was talking to my friend who is a pleasure rider. She asked me what i wanted to do with my horse. I said start off with dressage lessons then possibly move over and take some jumping lessons and do eventing with him. She looked me dead in the eye asked me of i was being serious. i said yes. then she laughed in my face. I was like what?? and she told me that i was an idiot for taking a paint to do dressage and jump. I said i didnt want to do anything big. just go and stop at novice. She then shared my goals with a few other pleasure riders and they laughed, said the same thing to me and told me that he will never be able to do anything better then pleasure because hes a paint!
IM SO MAD/SAD. Like its my supposed friends laughing at me and telling me i could never do something i wanted to try. i cant stand it when people tell me what we CANT do. It kinda brings me down. but it also fuels my fire. and it makes me wanna do it worse and prove all of them wrong.
well good thing im out of there next month and im moving to a barn with an eventing trainer. and ill never have to listen to their downgrading remarks anymore:)
haha i commend you if you read my novel:P
but please tell me some inspirational stories.(i could use them) or share your frustrations with people:)
i think if you believe in yourself and your horse yu should go for it.
my story would be
At the "ranch" i used to ride at there was this quarter mare. she had a major attitude and hated arena work. Everyone thought i was crazy when i said i wanted to lease her for gymkhana. I knew i wasn't. I loved this horse she was slightly lazy but could move and i figured that out on my own. So my trainer worked with me and by my first gymkhana i hadnt showed anyone her true talent. The first gymkhana she blew EVERYONE away she was throwing out A times and running her heart out. She got me high point and placed every event. No one doubts me anymore but my trainer says Mya wont run like that for anybody but me...haha they tried once after i left. I miss that horse.
But back on topic dnt let others stop you from what you want to do
There are many great paints/pintos eventing. Your friends are way off the mark on that one. Eventing is great fun and you and your paint will be very welcomed. He may go far beyond novice....you never know....
Why on earth would they think a paint can't event? When I was showing, I saw paints all over the place. I never went past novice, either, but there's no reason at all to think he can't.
This is sort of a backward story, but I used to lease a VERY lazy, overweight Arab named Tiffany (she had a thyroid problem...:-P). I went to my first (and last) horse trials with her doing baby novice and was carrying a crop because she wasn't the biggest fan of going over jumps. She'd just sort of keep slowing down and eventually stop :-P I was still a beginner, so I just let her. I heard someone make a comment like "why is she using a crop on an arabian? ugh..." So Tiffany had to prove them wrong by refusing every. single. jump. On cross country AND stadium. This is after she jumped out of the dressage ring. Actually, she didn't jump...she just walked over the rope. Lol it was all in slow mo and I just let her go!
So moral of the story I guess is that every horse is different. Sure, you probably won't get to a four star event on a Belgian, but you never know! :wink: But that doesn't even apply because, like Allison said, there are plenty of paints in eventing!
tarebear-haha i have ridden a lazy arab she was a pain in my buttox but that was her owners fault she wasnt started properly and was a major brat is very lazy unless shes doing endurance then shes all hyper an throwing bucks and hops i actually sprained my elbow getting tossed from one of her episodes during a practice ride for endurance. any other time this horse is a couh potatoe xD
Barrelracing: Tiffany was like that too! She hated everything except endurance, and when she did that, she was a totally different horse. Not quite that bad though...no bucks or anything. But it was crazy how she changed. She was probably the fattest endurance horse around =P Her owner eventually sold her to a person that was going to use her for endurance, so she's probably a much happier mare right about now.
megannnn: that was by far the most embarrassing moment of my riding career so far. the refusals are a close second, though. I don't even remember how many jumps they actually let us refuse before they disqualified us. I think they threw in a few extra because they felt bad for us...So even if it ends up that eventing isn't your paint's forte, he can't be nearly as bad as Tiffany was =P
This doesn't make sense to me at all. Do they know what the base breeds of a Paint are?? QH and TB. So that would be like saying that QH's, TB's, and appendixes can't do eventing. But wait...they do, don't they...and some of them in the higher levels. True it's rare, but it has happened.
It all depends on your particular horse's conformation and your willingness to do a lot of HARD work...which is what all eventers have to deal with. My horse is a Stock Paint...even more looked down upon because where I live they think of Paints of no color as more worthless than a paint with color. Also I bought him from someone who pretty much kept him as a backyard pet his whole 7 years life. But I plan also on lower levels of dressage and hunter/jumper so neener neener on people who doubt my horse's ability.
You can join the club...it's called the "you shot down my horse but now it's blowing your horse away in shows" club....because I know with hard work, we can both do it!!
I agree that doesn't make sense.
But all my life people've told me what I can't do. Take up the challenge and have fun proving them wrong..and slap them in the face. Paint's are like..QHs and TBs....
I gonna be harsh here... It really depends on your horse's conformation and mind, not on your horse breed. Whether it's paint or not doesn't matter, but if he doesn't have a proper confo and/or will to jump and dressage then you can't do much around it. I mean you CAN do the lower level, but it's not gonna be something over the top. However if you think he's build to jump (and good jumping trainer is agree with you), then I'd just ignore whatever your friend said.
I had similar situation with my qh. I took her to eventing trainer, and she said my horse is smart and easy learner, but unfortunately with her confo she can't progress much in jumping. I started jumping her this year. All I can say even though she is honest and tries her best I don't think she will go any higher then 2 ft (as the trainer told me last year from just looking at her/riding her briefly).
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