Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Washington State
I am paranoid about having anyone else ride my pony, particularly because the fact that she's a pony draws kids or inexperienced adults. Everyone assumes that a cute pony will be a great ride.
I know what you mean about the fact that your QH mare didn't know anything but work. It was practically the same with my pony. She was bitter and burnt out on being the cute eventing pony for a preteen girl, mostly because the girl rode her with iron hard hands and "locked down" on her face as they went over jumps. This caused her to start rushing the jumps, even rearing at some times.
It has taken me several years to get her going nicely and happily again. There was certainly a huge improvement just within the first month or two of getting her when she discovered how light my hand was, but we had a lot of work to do. Namely, she was very heavy and unbalanced on the left lead. The left lead had always been her weaker side and it still is, but the girl who had her exacerbated it hugely by keeping constant pressure on the left rein.
My pony and I are doing wonderfully now, but college is quickly approaching and my sister probably won't have enough time to work with her consistently. I may end up having to let someone else ride her... but I might scare them all away with my protectiveness before they even get a chance. >.<
Ah well, come what may... I trust her to dump any bad riders on their bums in the dirt.