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  • Why so angry dear

    I'm an adult with a demanding full time job and a green but nice horse who puts up with me. I ride 6 days a week, take lessons every week, and get home from the barn well after dark where I plunge right into bed to do it again the next day. I found riding as an adult, made some mistakes with some bad trainers and bad horses, and turn into a paralyzed monkey on my horse over fences.

    I jump 2' 6", I show 2' 6" I have the time of my life and there is so much more for me to work on. I have no earthly desire to ever jump above 2' 6"

    What really hurts is all the heifers out there who have nothing better to do then complain about my division being the downfall of society as we know it. I'm really sorry my division makes you cry. I'm really sorry you vomit a little in your mouth when I do my opening circle. I'm terribly sad that my riding doesn't resemble a black and white photo of your grandma jumping in a velvet hunt cap and a tweed jacket. I'm really sorry that your division doesn't fill or that you have to wait all day to go jump your horse over your real people sized fences.

    My division fills the shows and without it you probably wouldn't show. Recognize that what people want and need has changed and stop being such a Bitter Betty about it.

    I'll never understand why it bothers you so much what height of a fence I decide is appropriate for me and my horse. Railbird.

    Maybe if your trainer would get people in the ring on time you wouldn't have to wait so long. Gasp.

    Oh, and I use a standing martingale JUST for looks and I grab mane over the fences because despite my trainer's best intentions the auto release will never ever be part of my bag of tricks.

  • #2
    Highly respect your post.

    \"If you are going through hell, keep going.\" ~Churchill~


    • #3
      Good work, twosixer! Luvin' it.
      Mid-Atlantic Equitation Festival,Scholarships and College Fair
      November 11-13, 2016


      • #4
        Well said.
        "Those who know the least often know it the loudest."


        • #5
          I hear you! I am 58, my horse is coming 11, and if we bop around at 2'6", things can stay the same for as long as I am happy riding.
          Rest in peace Claudius, we will miss you.


          • #6
            I think this may be the best first post in the history of COTH online BB. Way to throw down the gauntlet.

            Twosixer- can we be friends?
            "It is difficult not to be unjust to what one loves" Oscar Wilde


            • #7
              Whoo hoo! Members of the 2'6" club unite! Last time I checked, riding was still about having fun!


              • #8
                *bows down in respect*

                And may we add that if I want to spend my show career doing nothing more than three or four local on the farm shows a year and Im happy with that, people can stop trying to convince me to "just try" a bigger show and that "someday you will love A shows"

                Me and the school ponies have a grand time bopping around the home arena and goofing around with my barn friends, thank you very much


                • #9
                  I haven't even ridden in a while (and used to jump higher) but I would be proud to cheer you on over a 2'6" course any day!!


                  Also, I love tweed jackets *swoon*


                  • #10
                    Can you stress-fracture your brain?


                    • #11
                      Where is the "like" button when you need it?


                      • #12
                        Right. On.

                        I'm an ex-Big Eq rider. I also have a demanding job and a long commute, and, frankly, I have interests outside of riding. I have a green horse who, despite my best efforts to ride him consistently, will probably remain a green bean for quite a while. I spent the last year showing more than I have in the last ten years--a whopping four schooling shows where I trotted around the crossrail divisions with the little kids and got a lot of green ribbons. And I'm thrilled with that.

                        Sure, I'd like to have the time, energy and money to have an A/O horse. But I don't, so I'm perfectly happy with what I've got.
                        Life would be infinitely better if pinatas suddenly appeared throughout the day.


                        • #13
                          Good for you, I really don't care what height people jump either! They just need to understand that not everyone has the time, money, horse, desire, etc to jump the " big stuff" and yeah, without "us small undesirables" those bigger payout classes probably wouln't exist (except at the int level which are actually hugely sposored)

                          I too have every right to enjoy this wonerful sport, and you've just put into words what many of us feel! You go girl!!
                          Go Ahead: This is a dare, not permission. Don't Do It!


                          • #14
                            My one big wish for my show season next year is to re-join the 2'6 club! Can't wait and well said twosix


                            • #15
                              Curious - are you saying people do this to you in real life at shows or are you responding to the complaints on here?

                              I'm another former jr/ao hunter, jumper, and eq rider who took a break, got back into it, and now just have fun playing with the little stuff.


                              • #16
                                Originally posted by flogarty View Post
                                I think this may be the best first post in the history of COTH online BB. Way to throw down the gauntlet.

                                Twosixer- can we be friends?
                                Quality Hunter Ponies


                                • #17
                                  my division being the downfall of society as we know it
                                  it didn't have far to fall at 2'6" now, did it, dear?
                                  "The Threat of Internet Ignorance: ... we are witnessing the rise of an age of equestrian disinformation, one where a trusting public can graze on nonsense packaged to look like fact."-LRG-AF


                                  • #18

                                    Good for you for your dedication, and for being one of those (seemingly) rare few who enjoying riding and showing for what it is, and want to work hard to be their best, even if the end game isn't the Grand Prix ring.


                                    • #19
                                      Great post! I moved up to 3', butI was a 2'-2'6er for quite a while. Plus, my horse was 17h, so people all assumed we should be jumping bigger (although he couldn't jump 3') It annoys me no end when people talk about 'real' classes starting at 3'6" and "back in the good old days" everybody started over 4' natural jumps and riders could all ride like GM.


                                      • #20
                                        I'm getting to the point where I don't want to jump anything on horseback that I can't jump on foot. And since I'm now relegated to Flash Jr's green naughty pony, I may be doing crossrails for a long time. I have no interest in getting it to jump real jumps!
                                        Man plans. God laughs.