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What you've describe sounds perfectly normal to me. I'd much prefer having a horse that I can take out on the trails and relax with AND show (with maybe some schooling tune-ups to get them more responsive to lighter cues again) than a horse who's all business and go in the show ring but an idiot out on the trails. If you want the best of both (very opposite) worlds in one horse, then you've got to expect that something is going to suffer a little. No horse is a perfect all-around horse, just like no human is a perfect all-around athlete.