I just started reading your blog and the first thing I saw was the one about 'sneaking' rides on the young horses. I bought Amir last year after he was just broken. He was not going to be a good match for the 12 year old girl. The kid is a good rider, but not confident enough to actually ride
the horse like he needed.
When I went to look at him, she got on him for a bit of a 'demo' and just walked him around the arena and stopped him every few steps. Got about 3 or 4 strides of trot out of him because he was being 'difficult' and she was nervous so she just let him do whatever.
I got on him and had him riding perfectly fine, w/t/c. Not going to let him get away with not working. That drives me insane. If you want a horse as a pet, get an old broken down nag that was going to be killed and have it as a pet. Don't get a perfectly useable horse to faff about with.
Lol I'm going to stop ranting now