Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Brandon, Manitoba Canada
That could be very discouraging to you.......have you thought about a different breed of horse, a more quieter type? What type of riding is it you want to do, do you want to show, do you want to trail ride?
Do you want to enjoy riding or do you want to be stressed with showing?
I am now 53, I got back into horses after over 30yrs. of being away from them. I have been riding my mare who I got at 3yrs. old for the past 8yrs.......we trail ride, it's relaxing, I have lots of friends who I ride with but when I first got back into it I had to get my confidence back. That was one of the hardest things I had to do with a 3yr. old with only 30 days of riding on her and scared of everything!
I spent time getting to know her and her getting to know me, me learning to trust her and her to trust me......has your trainer thought about working with you doing ground work with a horse, that really helps you build confidence from the ground and when you get in the saddle you are more relaxed knowing you can control the horse.
Myself I have 4 horses, all quarter horses......they aren't the big fancy show horses but they are great trail horses, well the one is a four yr. old (from my mare) who is in training by myself/friend and come spring we hope to be riding him out of the round pen. That's going to be interesting LOL I haven't had to deal with a youngster in 8yrs. and now to start again!
Talk to your trainer about all the things you want/don't want, it seems to me you need to build your confidence more with horses, they can be big intimitating animals but you can be the leader and that is what they want!
My horses are the joy in my life.....