In an effort to actually LEARN more about this discipline for real, I took my first saddleseat lesson today! It was super fun! I love that my instructor Theresa did not make me feel like a complete idiot! LOL! I rode a cute chestnut Saddlebred mare named Gina. (Oh, how I love chestnut mares!!) Theresa's daughter rode her in a big show last fall and did quite well.
|Obviously, the mare looks 100000 times better when ridden by someone who knows what they are doing! LOL! But I figured this was a fun photo to share!|
I am going back next weekend for another lesson. I'd like to take a bunch, because I think it is a cool new thing to learn! It is funny that some people have been a bit taken aback by my desire to try something new. This completely drives me nuts. I admit I will always love dressage and eventing and will probably always show in those disciplines. Any horse I own will be ridden with dressage basics. I love my dressage lessons with Judy and will resume those once the footing improves (we are in the midst of ice and snow here...).
But I have never been a discipline snob. The only thing I am not too fond of is the way QHs are ridden at the high levels, but all that means to me is that I know I personally will never ride that way. Do I care what people do with their horses? No way! As long as you are having fun and taking good care of your horse, then knock yourself out. I would never look down on or crack jokes about someone doing something different with their horse. I think it is cool to see/learn about new things. I have friends with Hackney ponies, and while I know NOTHING about how to ride/show them, I think it is totally cool. I have friends who only like to trail ride. Do I think they are beneath me or that I should crack jokes because they don't compete like I do? NO WAY!
And as I explained it further, I have won a shit ton of ribbons, awards, championships, year ends, etc. with my three horses and I have nothing to prove to anyone. Sparky is retired, Dreamy is pretty much plateaued, and Reva is only six so I have lots of time to do lots of things with her. I have been riding for nearly 30 years and I just have a desire to be versatile! I have NEVER tried saddleseat before now. Will any of my current horses ever be truly competitive in open saddleseat competition? No way. Do I plan to buy a Saddlebred? No, at least not right now. (And actually, I think if I ever wanted to actually ride and show saddleseat I would buy a Morgan. They were my first love after all. :-) Sorry to my SB friends! LOL!!) But why not try something for fun and enjoy myself? Someone asked me recently what my horse/showing plans were for 2012. I immediately answered "to have fun". And this is totally in line with that goal. I have a plan to try team penning this year too as well as foxhunting. We might just do them each once, but I have always wanted to do these things.
I have never been able to choose between straight dressage and eventing, so I have always done both. I have played around in hunter/pleasure shows forever as well. So why not add saddleseat, team penning, and foxhunting to my repertoire?
Think before you judge someone. Obviously this applies to life in general, but also to horses. Nothing irks me more than someone being a discipline snob. Enjoy the variety of what is out there to do with horses. Even if YOU don't want to do it with your horse, appreciate that others do. There is more to life than 20 meter circles in a dressage ring.
Even though I really do LOVE riding 20 meter circles in a dressage ring. LOL!!!! ;-D Just writing that makes me want to take a dressage lesson...