Do-it-yourself horse showing is appealing to many different personalities. It provides a challenge with great rewards when success is achieved through the feeling that your hard work and dedication has paid off. Each accomplishment is sweeter knowing that you were the one that brought it to fruition.
It also helps with budgeting necessities since many of us cannot afford to leave our horses at a trainer’s facility. Keeping our horses at home helps us build unforgettable relationships with our partners: Spend time with your horse getting to know him/her by brushing and just relaxing. We got into showing because we love horses; keep that at the top, and you won’t go wrong.
Do-it-yourself horse showing also appeals to that independent personality whose favorite saying is, “I can do it myself.” However, avoid becoming isolated because being around others helps you “stay aware of schedule changes, times your class may run, where the best practice place is, the best restaurants,” and so on. Just be careful that your independent personality doesn’t entirely consume you at the shows.
As competitors, we don’t like to admit that sometimes the best way to learn is to make mistakes. So don’t be afraid to become a do-it-yourself show-er because you might make mistakes. Learn from those mistakes and grow as an exhibitor. The rewards are self-improvement and helping your partner be the best he/she can be.