I like to compete in all the disciplines.
I've done all the gaming fun, eventing, dressage, we've dabbled in the hunters, and I briefly stepped into the jumpers on Red. I've taught Bobby to drive, and we've worked through trail obstacles at home.
But the downside to this is that sometimes I have a hard time labeling exactly what it is I'd call my horse. When someone asks "What discipline do you ride in?" I usually answer along the lines of, "We event, but I do a lot of dressage, too." Well is he an eventer or a dressage horse? Can I even really slap a label on him since he embodies the "jack of all trades, master of none" saying?
|certainly not the master of posing.|
Also though, say you are focused on just one area. We'll go with dressage since that's where we played most this year. At what point are you confirmed enough to call your horse a dressage horse? Do you think you have to be actively competing to give your horse that title, or can you just be focused on doing dressage at home?
Following that train of thought, when do you feel your horse is confirmed enough at each level to go out and say, "This is my Second Level horse"? Is it a certain number of competitions or completions (Do you get to call your horse a Training horse in eventing if you haven't finished a full event?)? Does rated and unrated come into play?
I started a similar discussion to this at the very beginning of last year when talking about green horses, so I guess this is just taking it a little farther.
Let's assume for the sake of argument we can't circumvent this whole thing and say, "He's just a riding horse! He's an all around horse! You don't need to call him anything else!" Let me hear your thoughts. When is your horse too legit to quit?