Re: Being "over-horsed." I think that term applies to anytime a horse is more
than a rider can handle. Usually, it involves a rider whose ego outpaces his/her ability. For example:
An inexperienced rider purchases a green horse with the assumption that s/he can train the horse without the assistance of an experienced trainer. S/he doesn't have the horse-sense to read the horse properly (doesn't understand its prey-animal instincts); anthropomorphizes the horse (credits it with human emotions and thoughts that it just doesn't have); and considers the horse an equal-partner rather than a subordinate. This is a recipe for a disaster -- without a strong, swift trainer intervention.
CTJ. I like that. My experience as a kid was the CTJ happened best in The ring with my feet on the ground
Another example of being over-horsed might be: A timid rider purchases a "tester" horse that pushes boundaries, and the rider is unwilling/unable to become the horse's leader.
My story: I bought my mare, Sooz, because she is exceedingly well-trained and has a pretty good temperament most of the time. She was a "tester" when I bought her, and while I'm not fond of that type of horse, we've had a couple of CTJs and she understands our roles now.
I fully understand that, when it comes to horses
, Sooz is smarter than I am!
We take a private lesson every Tuesday so I can "catch up" to her, learn to cue her better, learn to speak her language. That's one of the ways that I show my respect for her; and in return, she has learned to respect me: She doesn't try to nip me anymore. She doesn't paw the ground in my presence. She lifts her feet when I ask. She doesn't walk off after I've mounted without being asked. (Like I said, she was a tester
, when I bought her.)
Is she perfect? Nope. But we're working on it. Am I perfect? Definitely not! Nor will I ever be -- but that doesn't stop me from trying.