You might've seen them. Probably seen them, really. The rider in the next field or in the clinic. (Maybe an old video of ourselves, too,
) Anybody have some stories? I have a new one...
I'm not sure what obligations we have as a rider/horse handler when people having the brat or snob syndrome are having issues near us. I started thinking about it again when I was watching a young rider jerking her horse toward a 2ft cross rail and flapping her reins. Her heels were so high back that they touched the back of the saddle sometimes. She would keep flapping away, saying what a stupid horse he was being and how he was so silly. Laughing the times he stumbled and clipped his chin on the poles.
What really fried my bean was when she finally did come off, the boarders watching laughed with her and made jokes about the little horse, who was gaping and prancing in place due to having his mouth yanked when the girl fell. His martingale was on too tight for him to get a good rear, so he just made a few hops and switched his tail a mile a minute. The trainer of this place always gets irked when I try to talk during the lesson, but I did any way since the little girl didn't mind me... I told her that her boy couldn't get over the cross rail because (my attempt to make this easy to understand by a kid) his eyes go one direction and if he can't see her legs on his sides and the reins are in the way, he forgets she's riding him. It sounded silly, but what would you know, she went around and got him over it. When the audience told her what a naughty sucker the horse was and how great she was for getting him over, she said "No, no--- he couldn't see me, he was scared!" I think the thought finally crossed her mind that there were thing she could do to either hurt or help the horse...
You DO need a sense of humor with horses, though, that much is certain, but there are times to be serious about. Like, "Hey guys, watch me jump my horse as high as he's ever gone even though we already have problems doing the basics and let's laugh when I fall off!" That isn't a silly mistake... Just recently a girl asked why she couldn't sit her horse's canter between jumps. I asked if she could sit the canter on the flat. "OH MY GOSH I DON'T! Thank you so much
For me, I was humbled in the first year of horseback riding lessons, I was always around riders who were much, much more advanced than I was in that year so there was no way I could look down on anyone, and no way I could blame the lesson horses when my trainer could get on them and have them look gorgeous. I did get a fat head when I became a solid intermediate and rode group lessons with beginners. It started out with me being irritated by confusing what the trainer was saying to either me or the beginners, the rest is history when I saw the beginners ride a lesson horse I once did and have trouble. For a while I thought I was hot stuff because I could canter without falling off and cue the horse right the first (or third) time
When I had to take full responsibility of my first horse, though, that broke me and gave me a heck of a time to build back up.