Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
• Horses: 0
Sticking it out?
Hi you all, I wasn't quite sure whether to post this here or under Horse Training. Anyway. I am a beginner- intermediate rider, so my trainer says. I have owned Yapa, my 9 yr old mare for a year and I had been riding her for another year when I bought her. In all, I have been riding consistently for two years. Yapa has never been easy, she used to work with cattle, is quite hot, energetic and strong willed. However, although she often gets angry, it never goes further than swishing her tail, shaking her head and sometimes kicking out while cantering, althought I think that has more to do with the cold weather.
I am told I have made a lot of progress, and I realize I have. I know Yapa is difficult, but she has taught me a lot (she gave me courage I had no idea I possessed) and we have come a long way together. Last week I attended a clinic with a very reputable trainer here, who agreed I rode very well for my level, but, she said Yapa is limiting my progress, because I have to spend so much time training her, so to speak. I love Yapa, I admit I sometimes get frutrated. But I also love challenges, but I am a beginner, so I really don't know if I should keep on working so much with her. I want to learn and improve. My trainer agrees she is difficult, but says we should stick with it because Yapa can still give uas a lot more. She suggested riding another horse from time to time, so that I can improve some areas with him.
What do you guys think? Would you stick it out with the big challenge, or would you give up? Or would you switch horses from time to time?
Sorry for the rant. Thank you for your time. Any comments will be appreciated!