Join Date: May 2011
Location: Chino Valley, AZ
OP, I'm honestly having trouble believing a lot of what you're saying.
It sounds to me like you have a friend with horses who is letting you ride them and giving you pointers along the way in exchange for helping her muck stalls and feed. No shame in that. That's how I got back into horses and how I ended up with my first horse. But, you need to call a spade a spade and sit down to take a good long look at what this person is "teaching" you and if/how it will benefit you, help you, and above all, keep you safe.
Letting a beginner rider gallop up hills is NOT safe, nor is it teaching you anything but how to flop around in the saddle while your horse does whatever it wants.
Also, your attitude toward horses and their behavior frankly scares me. Horses are not big dogs. They are 1000lbs prey animals who look to you for leadership. If you don't provide that leadership, they will take it upon themselves to be the leader, which includes bossing you around. Horses are very physical creatures (just watch a herd for a day and pay attention to their interactions and body language). If they boss you around, you can bet they're going to treat you just like they would another horse, no matter that you weigh a tenth what they do. They will get physical with you and you will get hurt. Period. End of story...and possibly end of you.
I have a feeling that this is going to fall on deaf ears, though.
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Last edited by DraftyAiresMum; 02-28-2013 at 12:10 PM.