I think there should be a rant section
Okay, so yesterday I went to help my cousin get ready for her first horse show which is today. First, we went out with my mom just to bathe her. She is a 16 year old grey Conemarra mare. We cleaned her very well until she was glowing.
My cousin had a lesson that day so we let the mare dry off then began to tack her up. She was in heat so she kept peeing that is when her "trainer" came in. She told her to clean it up, which is understandable. Then she left and the mare peed again as my cousin was checking her saddle. The "trainer" came back in and snapped at us to clean it up. I told her that she was in heat and had just peed again. Her response was also unpleasant. I do understand that she wanted to keep the barn clean but I think she could have said it more kind.
As they were riding I thought she was just teaching them to look good while riding not actually ride. They rode outside for about an hour. Then they moved inside. As soon as they did this the "trainer" got on one of the ponies (I will call him Bud) and started jumping him. Smcking him on the butt every time he jumped and each time he would go fast after each jump she would yank on his mouth. After a few rounds she got off and let the boy that was riding him get back on.
In my opinion, none of those riders should have been jumping. I don't think any of them had been riding over a year. They were yanking on those poor horses mouths and kicking at the same time. One girl was using a pelham. After jumping a few times they began a course. Apparently this was the first time any of them had jumped a full course. They began and I had to hold back tears. I just had a "feeling" about that place. Although there was no abuse it was very unfair to both the horse and rider.
A girl on a bay mare would circle left instead of right and then giggle when she would be told to go the other way. She kept doing this and said the horse wouldn't circle right. So, the "trainer" got on again and started hitting her on the butt with the crop again each time the mare would take off she would yank on the horses mouth and hit her again. I was appauled. She went over the course twice then got the girl to do it twice as well. Then it was my cousins turn. She began wonderfully but she jumped the wrong jump so she was made to go back and wait. A few more horses went then Bud, the pony I talked about earlier, came out. The boy began the course and was flopping all over the place. He was going down a diagnol line and at the end he was going too fast. He jerked the horse around and the horse fell.
I almost lost it. But, I did not want to leave my cousin there alone. So, the "trainer" got on the pony again and made him go around and around the course. After a while she got off and got the boy to get back on. Bud was breathing so hard I swear he almost collapsed. The boy got on and went over the course a couple more times. The pony was so tired he wasn't even jumping he was just trying to trot over the jumps so he hit each one with his legs becuase of how small he was. Then the boy got off, tied him up, and went somewhere.
They had been going for almost two hours by now. My cousin finally went and only went once. After, she was told to untack. I helped her brush her pony and I made sure the mare was cool and every square inch of her body was clean. The girl on the bay mare that the "trainer" had got on was still going. That poor horse had been going for over two hours. We put away the pony and waited to be picked up.
I was so upset after that it was difficult for me not to cry. I later told my mom what had happened and she said that I could teach my cousins some of the basics of horsemanship and what is acceptable and what is not.
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