hey! Maybe could you try a different trainer that doesn’t put so much pressure on you to show? If you still want to show it’s been really hard for me as well to balance it all. I kind of ended up picking one over the other because I got so stressed out with school. I realized that me being happy and showing and riding was way more important than getting straight As, and in reality your grades do not define who you are and your future. But sorry, now I’m just rambling haha. I guess the only advice I have is to do what makes you happy and not worry about the rest, because life is too short to be stressed :)
I don’t know that I’d call it trust building. Trust isn’t defined by how many “tricks” or stunts you can do with a horse. As long as you know the horse well and know that she is fine in just a halter, then go for it. Just remember that she’s still going to be a horse if she sees something spooky, no matter how quiet she may seem. All horses have their triggers.
aw thank you so much! :)