At my last lesson, I rode both and the instructor gave me a choice of who to show. I’m torn. Willie is easier for me to get goin’. Although the class is judged on the rider, you always look better on a fancy-moving horse. Just as obedient foals always have better conformation in a halter class. Sam can look just as spiffy, but is harder to shift out of lesson-horse mode. If I chose him, I could leave him to trot about while I concentrate on my position.
On the other hand, what if I choose the flashy horse and we have a come-apart? What if I choose the reliable horse and we get lost in the crowd, or I work too hard to keep him going [Sorta]? Ultimately, I left it to my instructor to chose. She knows saddleseat, has experience with saddleseat judges, and can see what I look like on both horses.
I told her that if I lose, I will hold her responsible for picking the wrong horse.
Who would you choose as your dance partner?