Hi guys, I have a difficult situation.
I have been riding for 8 years and have been to the beach before, I loved it but I used to loan a polo pony that would chase after the horse in front and i didn't like it
I have only slow galloped before and am afraid my horse bolts off with me.
My first horse, Mystery, used to be a riding school horse whom had been to the beach 1-2 times before. I had been offered yesterday to take him with other people at the yard to the beach. I was really excited but I remember I had been told he was like a "race car" and he ditched a woman by galloping and spinning round
I have only owned him since February but I have known him since I was a little girl, I had him on loan when I was 11-12 and I'm now 16.
I know it seems silly, but when it comes to gallop I have no confidence
I need advice on how to slow him down as a girl at the yard told me he "wants to go" all the time
this scares me really..
We're going next week, I'm excited and scared at the same time
Here's some pictures of him with the riding school in 2009, it's been 2 years since he's been lol
He is the really white one
The last picture is me and him recently, he is no longer in the riding school because he rolled with people, he was fed up
but I have gotten him out of the habit, took a while though
He was a companion horse for 2 years but got given to me when the horse he was keeping company had died.
I should also mention, he is about 20-22 years old
but trust me, he doesn't act like it AT ALL
he's bolted with me in a field once, but after a few strides when i said "woah" he slowed
Any ideas would be great, I thought about letting another rider who can gallop on him first, but my dad thinks im being silly lol.