Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
I am astonished that your riding academy can afford an insurance policy to cover students getting injured by OBVIOUSLY dangerous lesson horses. Are you sure this is a good place to take lessons? "Nelly" will probably be available in your next regular lesson. I taught for 10 years. I bought & sold often bc I would buy a horse, have some problems--NEVER biting/wheeling/bucking!!!--and I'd sell the horse and purchase another. My standard for a lesson horse was that I could have my (then young) daughters ride said horse in an arena (not outside), then the horse was worthy of being in my program. Lesson horses should give you trouble bc you didn't ask for the right cue, or you had to work harder to get them going (lazy.) I always taught (beginners) from the middle of the ring so that I could cue my horse to do the action if my students weren't getting a result. I always taught with a whip in hand, for this purpose. You are not paying to retrain "Nelly." "Nelly" has a lot of attitude problems. I'd say, look for a different place. I wouldn't ride "Nelly" for any $# with her current problems. IF she's got potential, it's going to take a lot of retraining to make her safe. If your instructor bought "Nelly" for the purpose of retraining and reselling, then she (he?) needs to do that retraining. This reminds me of National Lampoon's Vacation.
"Rusty, walk the dog."
"But, Dad, he BITES!!"
"Thats alright, Rusty."
Just FYI--we go on here about proper fitting saddles, HOWEVER, if you err, your REALLY GOOD horse will suffer through and not buck you off. I owned one of these, a 15'3hh QH, and I worked him all day (at a CW event) before I realized that his saddle was rubbing. He was carrying a rider with no skills, but he didn't misbehave. I changed the padding, and he was comfortable after that. Before anybody wants to pick on me bc of this, when you Really work your horses, sometimes this can happen. Most casual riders NEVER log >1,000 hours/year/horse like my lesson horses worked.
Last edited by Corporal; 10-20-2011 at 03:43 PM.