I'm a sissy...
So, I'm a sissy, plain and simple. Haha. I was in pretty extensive 'reining training' - until I had enough of my trainer (loooong story). I spent oodles of money for my gelding to be in reining training and pulled him when I pulled myself. So now, I'm down thousands and never made it to a show. Sadly, the only other fairly local reining/cow horse trainer is his good buddy, so I donít even want to muddy that water and deal with the drama Ė so my reining dreams are on hold I fear for awhile.
Then again Ė ironically, I've honestly never shown. So I thought I was doing the 'right thing' Ė get myself some lessons, get my horse all trained up, have a trainer I get along well with and whoís experienced and hit the shows doing what Iíve wanted to do for years. So here I am, super broke horse, other well broke horses, schooling shows just down the road and yet Iíve never gone. Our first winter series schooling shows start mid October, and Iím considering just taking one of my horses and doing some in hand work, just to get out there and get over myself. No, my horse wont set up perfectly, but at least itíll get me in the ring.
I think the kicker to this, is I was raised showing beef cattle. I know the ring and Iím comfortable Ė with cows. I donít entirely know why Iím so scared to do it with horses. But Ė I am.
So Ė what Iím thinking is taking my super awesome OTTB that I just got in July, heís seen everything and nothing fazes him Ė yet haha. Iím thinking of taking him and just doing that halter classes that they offer. Which is both western and English. Iíve only ever dealt with western horses, but Iím considering at least trying the English in hand.
I guess, bottom line is, how should I prep? Iím a total clean slate when it comes to horse shows.
How do I get the son of a gun to stand square haha