I have been on the other side of this as well. My older gelding was a great first horse in that he was been there, done that- great teacher. I honestly didn't think he was impossible to ride and we did fairly well. My "friends" would always talk about how I didn't have to do much work and they comlained. When we switched horses, guess who got bucked off the "push button" horse? Yep, the same girl who said he was really easy and you didn't have to do anything.
Alex S.- I knew there was going to be a comment or two like yours and it was what I was trying to avoid. I know that jelousy can be ugly, and you shouldn't compare yourself to others, in fact I said it.
I know that when you start comparing yourself to other horses and riders, you get to be in a danger zone
. I also said this:
In the end, seeing this horse inspires me to work harder, "One day, I will be able to get on and my horse will look like that"
. I'm not jealous of her horse or her money. I'm glad I have to work for what I want, but the point of this post was to rant
about how people forget the difference between a good horse and a good rider. That not every good horse has a good rider and not every good rider has a good horse.
gypsygirl: I'm not judging, I'm observing. It would be judgement if I hadn't ridden her horse. Since I rode her horse and saw what happened when she rode mine, I'm just stating that there is a difference between a good horse and a good rider.
Dancing Arabian: You worded it perfectly, maybe the title of the post should be the difference between a good rider and a good passenger :)