Ok Penny is a big 15hh. cob that when she has her full feathers looks like she should be pulling a wagon. But she a has a great jump on her(shes 18 and still enjoys jumping overa meter)
But the other day we were at a pony club showjumping training rally and before we went in I heard some people saying stuff like"Why the hell did she turn up on that thing?" and " Shes cracked to think she'll get anything done with a carthorse like that" and " Why's a carthorse at pony club?" too quote a few. And this was coming from the MOTHERS AND FATHERS!. We ahdto warm up on our own as the instructor was dealing with 2 very nervous riders with mad ponies. All the kids of them were jeering at me (they had little sportponies that were so hot and fast) and their ponies were husling Penny. She was so good and didn't do anything but I told some of the riders that if they came near me again I would use me whip on them!(not messing I have a very bad temper)
But I jumped the highest in the class,half the little "real jumpers" either messed up the course or bucked their little terrors of riders off. But as I came out of the arena one othe mothers came up to me and said(I am quoting here) "That's a lovely 5 year old you have there. It's a pity its a cob though. I've come across many in my time and once they turn 6 their jumping skill just keeps going downhill by about 10cms per year!"
In reply I said "Really?! Wow! I never knew that. Pennys like 18 so if it goes down 10 cms per year she must have been jumping about 2.20meters when she was 6! That interesting to know. Thanks"
You should have seen her face. My friends and favourite riding instructor were listening and they just couldn't stop laughing!
But why are some people just so bitchy?! I know not all people are like this but some people like this just give pony club a bad name for being bitchy. Like I am 14, why say these things to me about my pony which I have a great bond with which everybody says is totally clear. But she was about 40? WHY?!
It's ok if you give up as long as you come back later to try again.