Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: New South Wales, Australia
I've taken many years of lessons. I took a few earlier this year to get back into horses, and I wasn't impressed by the only riding school in the area. I told them I was a little nervous of horses but experienced and wanted a dressage lesson, and they put me on a 17.3hh horse! I got a good walk trot canter etc, and after they were like "oh good, most people can't get him to canter, he just runs", which left me wondering why they put me on him for my first lesson. I didn't really like how the instructors taught, and I got the feeling it was just a sort of "young instructor who has nothing else better to do" kind of thing rather than someone who has something to teach. Which is fine, but not if I've been there, done that, and are paying $55 for 45 minutes.
The people who own the place I keep Samson are really good to me, and they said they're keeping an eye out for a horse I can ride (like a sort of free lease) until I can get my own (they don't seem to like Samson). The horses don't have to be perfect, like a little pigroot here and there, a bit of shying, a bit strong, its all fine if I know they are a good, honest horse. Its more in my head, I know how dangerous young horses can be and I don't want to put myself in that situation. I like Samson but I don't feel as though he is one in a million, or that I have a special bond with him. Keeping him will mean I won't be able to afford regular lessons, or save for another horse. So I sort of have to choose. I can afford to look at after one horse well, and probably a lesson a month but that is about it.
I just wish I was braver. People call me brave and strong in all parts of my life - it's the first time I've really been afraid to do something and it sucks.