I've had to learn the hard way... somethimes its better to bail off. Sure beat getting layed on or rubbed on a barb wire fence. Plus once you are on the ground( or get up from it) you can disipline your horse safer.
Im not sure what everyone considers a professional. I have a degree in equine production, with an imphasis in training, and mainly break horses to ride, trailer break, halter break,work on comminucation issues... the simple stuff so to speak... I don't have much expierence with the "specialized" things reining, barrels, ect. I have worked with a cutting horse trainer and a eventing trainer and took lessons fromthem. I learned alot. What to do and what not to do. And what I prefer. The cutting horse trainer was pretty big time here where I am from,but I did not approve of how he taught his horses. They were not "broke". They were run in a round pen or lunged till they got too tired to pull any stunts then put on cows... and he didnt know his horses. He had a "cowboy" come out to put a 1st ride on one of his horses, the trainer said he picked out the easiest,I happened to work with this horse the day before. Was the first time he was ever saddle, acted like a bronco. This was not a easy horse to ride, nor was he ready to be ridden... so instead of staying with this trainer I opted out, I prefer safe horses you don't have to work intothe ground before actually riding
Rearing is one thing I will not touch with a ten foot pole. I don't even want a horse that has supposedly been retrained not to rear.
I mean, I can understand like a little spook rear when the horses front feet come a foot off the ground, but repeated high rears? No thank you!
And I know my trainer does not allow them in the barn. The only horse I have EVER seen rear in her barn was an older school horse Skip. A visit from the chiropractor and a few quick lessons with her in the saddle and you would have no idea what happened.
But a chronic and obviously deadly rearing and flipper?
It may not the horses fault… But he should be a companion horse. Not a riding mount.
So I have an update..... I would have posted last night but I was a little too torn up about it and I didn't want my feelings to influence what I wrote on here. It definitely helps that I got a phone call from my friend's mom this morning.
So basically as soon as she got home from her lesson she must have jumped on Facebook to get at me because around 9:30pm (her lessons end at 8:30pm but the barn is 50 mins from their house). I waited for her to talk to me instead of pursuing her.
The only thing I did to this convo was 1. Take out the curses and added bleeps) 2. Starred out any names involved. And 3. Fixed the view of it because when I copied and pasted from the facebook chatbox it all clumped into one paragraph(thanks word processor)
Anyway here it goes.
And after this she blocked me. A 6 yr friendship over, just like that. I had it at the back of my mind that it would come to this but I was hoping it didn't.
I'm still really upset that she started to take it out on Phantom. He's not even involved, I never even mentioned him. She just knows what to do to hurt me. I'm going to miss having a friend to share my crazy love of horses with but at least I can say I possibly saved her life. She changed this year and I think a lot got to her head.
Her mom called me this morning she apologized for not listening to me before. I told her it was okay and that if she ever has any questions about horses, no matter what happens between me and her daughter, that she can call me ot just ask me when I get my hair done(she's also my hairdresser)She thanked me and then reminded me I have an appt next thurs . We shared a laugh and hung up.
~sigh~ I'm really bummed that her trainer didn't get through to her but I'm glad he got through to her mom.