Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Gainesville, Fl
I think I know where GunsNGrits is coming from. We were at a very small show recently where I put my horse in a few halter classes just for some miles.
I have never seen so many parents and trainers schooling horses outside the show ring. Maybe I was absolutely blessed with an amazing trainer when I was taking lessons. But most all the kids from her barn just had very small time horses, very broke, but not always trained to jump or dressage, and every week at lessons we would prepare and train.
I know I found great pride in bringing along my own horse and unless my horse was being absolutely uncontrollable, my trainer never got on. It seems like her barn always came away with the top ribbons.
I guess maybe these small shows are practice for the big shows where they are winning money or points. But heck no would I have just stood around while my parent or trainer warmed my horse up for me.
And maybe I don't understand. I have never shown at a AQHA or A shows. I could never keep my breeches clean. We (trainers barn) were just there to have a great time with our ponies and watch in amazement as the trainers screaming at students, horses jumping out of the ring, etc.
Maybe I was too young to see it years ago, and I have just come out from behind my rose shade glasses. And yes, I know there are poor trainers in every school. Just like cruddy people in every hobby, job, walk of life. Something we just have to deal with as a rider and hopefully set a good example by our actions and the way we deal with our horses.