Why do I show halter? Why would you show halter in the breed world? Don't those horses all look weird? Wouldn't you rather ride?
All valid questions that I ask myself daily. And the answers are complicated and vary day to day and year to year - life throwing a wrench in the works, motivation fluctuations and resources. Always with the resources when it comes to horses. I do still ride a bit, although it is hard to work full-time, ride one horse and fit a halter horse, on top of other commitments, you know the hubby, eating, etc. ;-)
I bought Spencer a few years ago looking for an older QH (he is 18 now!) that could do western breed type classes (western pleasure, horsemanship, trail, showmanship and maybe hunt seat) at the schooling show level. I had a lot to learn, so didn't feel the need to jump into the breed show world at that time. I had sort of planned to learn with Spencer and then buy something a bit fancier in a couple of years.
|Me - having fun at a local fair. Spencer, not so much. Likely totally embarrassed by his human.|
- my coach retired,
- there aren't any other western coaches in my area,
- there aren't any western shows above the schooling show level (including fairs) that aren't breed shows,
- I have "issues" that rear up at unfortunate times (confidence, anxiety, fitness/health)
- my husband got really sick (and is fine now, thankfully)
- and our finances took a big hit.
|One of my favourite pics - this is my friend's horse - he is so handsome! I didn't even know the photographer took this one, probably why I like it!! lol|
|stand still, mother fucker! me, probably, circa 2016|
|almost to Fred's farm in Kentucky|
|Showing a friend's horse in 2015...? This is actually a showmanship class at a fair, but I showed this guy in halter at AQHA shows one year. He is 19 now!|
|This has been my motto lately...|