Exactly. Not all of us trail ride, either. Have you ever seen Debbie McDonald with Brentina
, or Isabelle Werth with Warum Nicht
? Surely those riders - as fit and toned as they are - must use a mounting block on such large horses with their compared stature, yet they still put in great rides with these horses that they trained themselves.
I'm 5'2", I'm quite light-boned and weigh 90 pounds on a good day (I'm not underweight, just so you know. I'm quite healthy). Freddy is 17.2, and off the racetrack. Having the attitude of badger with a thorn in his butt and a different personality everyday, we often joke that people get to ride six different horses for the price of one when they lease Freddy. I leased him for almost two years. I wouldn't have made it that long if at any point I thought he was unsuitable/too much for me. Surely, even if I
didn't say something, my trainers would have had the situation changed. And, quite frankly, I'm proud that I stuck with him through the good and the bad. I learned so much more with him than any of the other horses I had ridden previous.
I only wish it could have ended differently
. But when my injury gets better and I'm fit again, I'm determined to get back on him - even just once.