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post #11 of 17 Old 10-21-2011, 02:37 PM
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I am very surpised that anybody is making excuses for this mare's behavior and the instructors lack of judgement. The OP could have been seriously injured several times in this one LESSON!!! I guess that I am surprised that anyone could suggest that this is a profitable learning experience. I took the original post apart so you could read it AGAIN.
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I had a riding lesson yesterday...when I got to the stables I was on a mare called Nelly...I got a brush and started to brush her. She started being fidgety and then she bit me.
If it's hormones, there should be a calendar with days circled in red when this mare's in heat. I TAKE THIS BACK!! When my 13 yo mare is in heat she wants to love on everybody. How about the stable gets a few more like her?
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Then I tried to pick her feet out. I lifted her front leg up and managed to pick it out but then she stamped the leg down. A girl who helps out at the stables was walking past and she said that I should just leave the rest of her feet because Nelly is sensitive.
SHe is learning to groom and tack up and the lesson horse refuses to have the feet picked out?
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Then my instructor said that she would tack her up for me because Nelly bites and plays up when being tacked up.
She has learned how to tack up, it isn't a matter of a different type of saddle (I own 3 types and they girth up differently, but this was not the case.) FIRST red flag.
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I had to stand about 5 meters away while she was being tacked up because she also kicked.
SECOND red flag. I would have demanded a safe mount, or my money returned at this point.
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I was getting a bit nervous about getting on her because I am not an experienced rider ... I was assured that she is fine once someone is on her and that they use her on novices.
The stable KNOWS that this is a dangerous horse and are making excuses.
THIRD red flag.
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...she refuses to stand still and starts spinning around.
FOURTH red flag.
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It seemed like everyone was having a go at me for not stopping her.
You really want to ride with these people?!?!?
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(E)ventually she stopped but then took to trying to eat my arm...
I'm wracking my brain trying to figure out which of the 30+ horses I've owned enjoyed eating my arm...
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Eventually when it was my turn to get on her, my instructor took her over to a fence and made her face it so that she could not walk off, and them told me to grab the mounting block and get on her as quickly as possible.
FIFTH red flag. Good lesson horses stand still during mounting/dismounting. This is basic.
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Once I was on her she took off, and I gathered up my reins and tried to get her to stop. The more pressure I put on the reins, the faster and more agitated she was. Because she was refusing to stop I joined the back of the ride and my instructor adjusted my stirrups while I was walking.
SIXTH red flag. I don't know that I could adjust somebody else's stirrups WHILE they were walking the horse.
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I was told that she does not like it when the reins are too short so I should give her rein, but then she kept going to fast and when I pulled on the reins slightly that didn't do anything but I did not want her to buck or anything because I had the reins too tight. This is all at walk, and when we move into trot it gets even harder. I try to slow her down and she doesn't, and is nearly crashing into the horse in front and my steering is rubbish because I am stressed out about her being to fast.
SEVENTH red flag. I think the OP KNEW something bad was about to happen.
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Then when I've been trotting for a few minutes, she suddenly rears a bit and then bucks me off! My instructor said it wasn't anything I did and phones someone to go and get a horse called Monty for me to ride of the rest of the lesson. I was a bit shocked as I have never been bucked off before (but I have fallen). I then here my instructor mentioning to someone that the saddle has slipped forward and was a bad fit. Could that be the reason for her bucking?
EIGHTH red flag. Oh, yeah, I remember all of my Hunt-Seat lessons when my lesson horse bucked me off and "I learnt how to ride better."

I have been bucked off (by my horses and by a few others owned by somebody else), and most of them resulted in a few bruises. One time I broke my humerous. (My horse, so no one else to blame, the horse was inexperienced and standing next to a cannon going off, which will probably NEVER happen to you.)
I do not suggest that somebody should not give this abused horse a 2nd chance. Green + Green (or abused) = black & blue and sometimes a hospital stay

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post #12 of 17 Old 10-21-2011, 03:54 PM Thread Starter
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I was getting nervous by the way she was acting on the ground, which was why I asked what she is like when being ridden, but when they said she is fine I trusted them because I thought that they would know their horses better than I do. I won't go on her again though, it did scare me a bit and I wouldn't want it to happen again. Like I said though, hopefully I will be on Charlie next week and he is perfect to brush, tack up and he stands still when you want him too. When I was bucked off Nelly they told me she was just in a bad mood, but I think she is a difficult horse and I am not ready to cope with that yet.
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I don't think you were ready for that challenge, to point out the obvious =) I'm glad you didn't really get hurt. But you may be put on her in the future or a horse like her. There's always going to be the horses who are more sensitive, the ones who like to go fast, or are extremely head-shy. But that's not the point, they're learning experiences, you may not think you learned something from being bucked off, but I'm pretty sure you did. Good luck on your next lesson.
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post #14 of 17 Old 10-21-2011, 06:34 PM
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I'm all for learning new things on difficult horses, but ONLY when you are READY to learn the lessons! The OP hasn't mastered the canter yet, so I find it hard to rationalize her riding a difficult horse. I've been placed on difficult or moody horses but that's okay because I can handle it and I don't take the horse's crap. The OP, however, is still at stage in her learning that she is NOT ready for painful lessons.

OP, I am sorry this happened. I hope that you do NOT allow the instructor to put you on this horse again. I hope that you have a great next lesson and that your confidence isn't too shaken. Best of luck.
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post #15 of 17 Old 10-21-2011, 09:11 PM
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How long have they had Nelly? Have you been in a lesson where she was ridden by someone else?
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post #16 of 17 Old 10-21-2011, 10:09 PM
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I know this won't make you feel better right now, but in 5 years or less you're going to be grateful to all the sucky group lesson nags you've had to ride! I promise, they really DO make you a much better rider and they doing quickly. Now that all I ride are my own horses, sometimes I miss being the 'group lesson guinea pig' like I used to be when I was a kid.

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post #17 of 17 Old 10-22-2011, 10:05 AM Thread Starter
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twh - They have had Nelly a while and a friend at school rides her and said that she has never bucked her off and they do high jumps together. Maybe she is ok with someone who knows what they are doing.
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