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    10-05-2011, 02:14 PM
  #91
Yearling
With any horse you don't know well, always stay far away from it in general. You never know how touchy it may be. Even a relatively well-behaved horse may suddenly become misbehaved at a show (yes, sometimes even veterans who should know better). My instructor says the judges would rather have you circle or otherwise stay out of peoples' way then cause a collision.
     
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    10-06-2011, 08:51 AM
  #92
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Originally Posted by nrhareiner    
I disagree. A horse can be trained not to kick just like it can be trained to do anything.
I'm not disagreeing that a horse can be trained not to kick, I. Too have never had a horse kick out at another horse under saddle...but I would never ride around a warm up pen or show pen assuming that my horse or any other would not revert back to their natural fight or flight instinct if provoked enough. The point I was trying to make was that one has to be aware of what is going on around them at all times, and take action to make sure one's animal is not harmed by another, nor harms another. At the end of the day it is each rider's responsibility to control their mount. And with some of the riding I have seen at local shows I sure would not assume that others have as much control and training as my horse does.

And I just love how folks assume that just because their kid doesn't place first that the judging must be fixed. If your child misses a lead, breaks gate, or gets the pattern wrong and others are placed higher...that is the reason. If everyone performs the pattern correctly then the one who is most correct and presents the best picture will win. If you are consistently placing low in the class then there is a reason, find a trainer and get some lessons.
     
    10-06-2011, 02:08 PM
  #93
Yearling
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And I just love how folks assume that just because their kid doesn't place first that the judging must be fixed. If your child misses a lead, breaks gate, or gets the pattern wrong and others are placed higher...that is the reason. If everyone performs the pattern correctly then the one who is most correct and presents the best picture will win. If you are consistently placing low in the class then there is a reason, find a trainer and get some lessons.
I agree completely. The judging is not always fixed- the universe is not always against you. Sometimes your child/yourself really did something wrong and someone did better. I'm not saying judging is ALWAYS honest, but it's ridiculous to say the opposite.
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