Have anyone here ever witnessed bad horsemanship and thought to themselves: Do you think they ever wonder why they can't ever get their horse to perform basic tasks like everyone else? I.e walk, trot, canter . . .
There is this woman at my barn, a short petite woman with long black hair. She does not dress in either traditional western or the english riding garb - she prefers tattered black skinny jeans and to hide her face with black scarves and long black jackets that flow in the wind with her black hair as she gallops up the gravel road of my barn. She has an adorable bay pony/arab/thing mare that I believe to be a saint for what it puts up with.
This woman has no understanding of rider position and how it actually helps your horse move better. This picture best describes her position:
It's like an extreme chair position. It's not uncommon for her arms to be up that high at all either.
How does one expect their horse to balance at the trot and canter with 110lbs of human bouncing around on their back??? They don't. They stop.
When the pony got agitated, the woman hauled backward on the mare's mouth (while at a canter) to . . . Teach it a lesson I assume . . . And seesawed the rains violently to the point where the D-ring of the snaffle was in the center of the mare's mouth.
I almost jumped off my horse and grabbed the reins of the pony and told the woman that was enough.
Has anyone here ever felt the need to stop someone and offer advice? How did it turnout?