Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Taranaki New Zealand.
I am inclined to agree with you Kevin. On the other hand though I think even the most well trained horses can get a sense of what they can get away with when being ridden by strangers. I use to take horse treks and I have to say those trekking horses are amongst the best trained that I have ever seen. Yet there were a couple of them that would definitely not give their best for some people. They weren't bad by any means they would just not go the way they had been trained to. These horses are trained stock horses and with an experienced rider and a job to do these horses are dynamite, turn on a dime, and really move out. On a trek same horses, slow, hard work, like watching paint dry.
So while it is fair to say that some horses may have gaps in their education it is also possible to say that a smart horse can take advantage of the gaps in a riders education.