Originally Posted by ponyboy
I'm going to be my usual contrarian self and go with your trainer on this one. Yes you're riding for pleasure, but even a good horse can be difficult to ride in certain situations. I remember once I was cantering a horse when she suddenly pulled up because of a stone bruise. If I had never ridden horses that stop suddenly before that, I would have fallen off. What if, when you finally get to buy a horse, the seller misrepresents the horse and you suddenly find yourself riding a nutcase? What if one day the horse you're riding gets stung by a bee and freaks out?
Part of your instructor's job is to prepare you for the dangers you may encounter while riding. The best way to do that is with a horse who behaves badly but in a predictable way. Now, if you're falling off twice a lesson, then yes you're over mounted. But you absolutely should ride a horse like this one sooner or later. Learning to to anything well is never fun all of the time.
So are you posting just to be contrary, or because you actually believe this?
There is time later on to learn about dealing with issues, sounds to me like the op has not yet got fully secure at walk trot and canter. Once she has got a secure seat, then she can start riding horses that will teach her about the other situations. Beginners have beginners horses, especially for *cough* us more mature people, we don't want to be fighting and falling off.
While I think you are right in your assertion that we have to learn to deal with the unexpected, you have to get to a certain level before that becomes a reality.