Joe I always love your to the point comments!
Myboypuck That's true. I wouldn't ever rule out a horse for being too young if he/she was the right horse for me. I know some young horses that are old souls. And that is true about an older horse with bad habits being worse. These horses are just not for me. They are pretty typical young horses.
Tessa that is something else I thought of when riding. Am I screwing up this horse? I know I have quiet hands and I'm pretty good with using the least amount of leg as possible, but still. I hate to think this horse is learning the wrong things because of me.
I find far more often than not, new riders or new horse people have way more common sense than supposedly seasoned horse people. Just because those of us who have been in the business for a while see stupidity as common place does not make it acceptable.
this made me lol, but I see what you mean. I read this board so much and I have an idea of how things are supposed to be. Then when you see something in real life that doesn't seem very safe, it's like
The other thing that bothered me was she didn't tell me the horse was young. She just told me I'd be riding this horse today. I got on and the horse was all over the place. It made me feel like it was my first day in the saddle. I asked what is going on and then she told me that the horse is only 3 and she's still just learning. I think my face was pretty much
This happened the next two lessons with different green horses. I like her so much. And I can see how a trainer would think, "Hmmm give a lesson, give this horse some wet blankets = two birds, one stone and all that." Just not for me. 25 years ago I would have had a blast. Not now.