Join Date: May 2012
Location: CT USA an English transplant
OP - thanks for such a lovely post
I learnt to ride on a shetland when I was very young - no reins or stirrups until I could balance myself at the trot. Its real job was as a companion to racehorses travelling on their own or turned out on their own but needed a companion that was calm. It was a devious little monster who bucked me off when I was allowed off the lunge until I learnt how to sit a buck and then never did it again.
A lot of people don't think they are suited for children but he actually never did anything dangerous - just taught me how to really ride and not be a passenger.