Greetings, mighty h/j-ers! I come to you from the far away land of Dressage with odd circumstances and questions.
I’m a fifteen year old who’s been riding for five years, and I have Cerebral Palsy, which (for me) means my balance is compromised, I have tight legs and hips (I use a wheelchair), and I have an exaggerated and easily triggered startle reflex. I’ve come close to showing a few times, but never quite made it for different reasons, one being anxiety.
I get anxious while riding (partly, if not mostly) because of my CP related issues. Knowing my balance isn’t great, etc, makes me anxious, and being anxious makes me tight. It’s a never ending circle really.
I am on and off a lunge line at home because of my confidence issues (I’ll have months of amazing and then loose it), so my mum and trainer think that if I can be consistently riding off the lunge at home, I could go show leadline. It’s not dressage, but it’ll help me (and my horse, who hasn’t shown in probably three years) get the confidence and feel of shows.
My question is, would a teen be allowed to show leadline, even at a schooling show? Would show organizers be more lenient because of my circumstances (not on pinning me of course)? Can I sit the trot (I can sit very pretty being a dressage rider)? Will I place better if I sit well, vs someone else sitting badly or posting? Would black tack be a huge faux pas (Horse is skewbald paint)?