Hey all! I'm super excited because I'm finally "approved" to ride my own horse this weekend. I say approved, but I really mean I have some support. I'm a new Paso Fino owner - this year 3/19/13 - and a pretty new rider too. I have a 22yo gelding (I've ridden him probably 10 times since March) and an 8yo mare.
My mare is nearly fino - may actually be classic fino - she's had some injections and chiro work recently, so for the first time since we got her she's able to maintain gait and though she's out of shape, she's looking good! :) Anyways, she's always had kind of an uptight personality and she lacks confidence. That and me being a new rider leads my mentors to believe I may have a problem riding this horse... In the last three months, I've come a long way with experience. Six months ago I did not have a clue how to tack up a horse and now I'm almost pro (lol).
I feel my mare and I have an amazing relationship and I believe that we are going to be just fine. I have a feeling she will be forgiving with me and my lack of experience because she loves me :)
The BO is my MIL and she's a worry wart. Surprisingly, she is supportive and believes that I CAN ride this horse! Lol! My SIL on the other hand thinks I should wait - another year?? Idk... We also have a relationship with a professional (show) trainer who was offered the mare before me and had to decline because she didn't have room for her... I think she really regrets that decision and that has had some impact on her confidence in me.., but - she's coming over Saturday and it is agreed that I AM GOING to ride my horse. SO - wish me luck!! Thanks!