My first lesson was on a standardbredX with who knows what named Tango. My friend taught me. Within 15 minutes of getting on his back we were cantering through open fields and jumping ditches. I was only 14 then and still fearless. I rode him two or three times before moving to a little 11 hand Spawn of Satan. lol, Actually Taffy was an awsome pony....For me.... I rode her bareback for two hours cantering, galloping, jumping ditches and ducking under tree branches. Twice she reared straight up, spun on her hind leg and galloped off in the oposite ditection. she would get about 4 strides and realize I wasn't on her back anymore, skid to a stop and nicker to me till I got up and climbed belly first onto her back. Once I was seated wih a handful of mane I would say "Okay" and she would take off at a full gallop again. My fried had been riding for 6 years in lessons and couldn't stay on her with a saddle or bareback. Taffy pony would dump her and run home. With me she only dumped me accidently then she waited for me. She was basicaly my pony for two years until she learned enough to let other riders ride her. Then after a few years she had someone rip at her mouth till it bled and went back to only letting me ride her for a year or so until. By then I was almost to big and so we found a little girl who loved spunky ponies and in one summer she taught her dressage, jumping, and a bunch of pony club games but my friend wouldn't sell her to the little girl. Now Taffy sits out in a field and does nothing even though she is only 10 years old because noone they know can ride her :P
My first real lesson was on a QHXArabian gelding named Gideon. He wasn't a lesson horse but the lesson horse I was riding tripped and went lame walking into the areana so I was put on him instead and the instructor ket trying to apologize that the horse was so badly trained. I was like "Are you nuts! He hasn't reared or bucked even once and he turns when I ask him to! This horse is amazing!"
Myth= Free/Cheap horses are expensive.
Indy was $150 we keep her in a pasture with a shed for free and she is brushed and fussed over dailey. Other then deworming and feet trimming she isn't costing us anything.