Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Southern California
There isn't any reason to become defensive. I have been riding for a long time. All kinds of horses. And I make no qualms about having been someone that "rides to survive" from time to time. I did a lot of that, as a matter of fact, with my current jumper until he and I clicked. I'm only critiquing what I see. I'm not saying that you didn't sit down and pull with all your might and plead with him to slow the heck down. I'm simply saying that everything that was going on in the round was messy, and you got lucky. This doesn't make you any less of an awesome rider. As a matter of fact, it's horses like these that make us stronger, smarter, and better riders. Don't make excuses for your round or your horse. Own what you do as a rider and grow from it. You'll be better for it in the end, trust me.
Life seems mighty precious, when there's less of it to waste.