Has anyone let a half lessor compete their horse at Training level? My wonderful half lessor moved up to competing at Novice this summer, and has been doing quite well. She has started talking about wanting to finish the season with schooling Training at the last show.
I have personal competed him Novice, but never bigger than that (I personally have no desire to jump that big!), so A- he’s never shown at that level (she has schooled jumps that big with her trainer no problem), and B- he is 16, and I’m honestly just not sure I want him competing at that level. I’ve already given her parents the heads up that I am going to let her know my answer is no to Training level this year. I’ve expressed I would have no hard feelings if they wanted to find a different mount for her that she could do that with (but also let them know they may have a hard time finding someone willing to let a half lease compete at that level).
I did mention I’d be more open to the idea if they wanted to do a 3/4 or full lease next year since I’d feel more comfortable knowing she was more dedicated with more lessons under their belt, and that he was in better XC shape. But I obviously won’t make any promises because his health and longevity are my priority. I’ve always thought the bigger the jumps, the shorter their career. Any thoughts on this? You’ve all been so helpful with all my other half lease questions!