[QUOTE=Cacowgirl;1936360]Roadyy-that is awesome to give this young man a chance to actually do some work & maybe find out if he likes horses. Sounds like it will be beneficial to you also.
Stan-has your wife ridden Stella before? Sounds like your friend's horse is coming soon, though?
I love my wife but I love my horse more
Roslyn has only ridden Stella in the paddock not out in open country.
I remember when she rode Savannah and inadvertantly gave her the signal to go. Well Savanah was only 17.2 hands at that time and young. Roslyn hung on for dear life as Savannah navigated around the cattle tracks on the side of a rather steep hill. Savannah thought it was great. She was brought up in hill country so going up, around, coming down, or crashing through under grouth it was all a big game to Savannah. Not so Roslyn.
Back to Stella. I have a different riding style to swmbo I talk to my horse and give verbal instructions I also try to stay as light on the bit as I can. Roslyn tried to teach Stella to back up but using the method seen in the rodio stopping on whoa and backing up a few paces.
So whoa and the associated rein signal means go back wards. Good for brakes. Not good in my mind for treking horses. Whoa mens stop and stand still. A very clear signal. Kate had the problem of going backwards and I think it was because the signal she had learnt to stop also ment go backwards. Confused horse. So in short is Roslyn riding Stella or Bugs. No, unless she can ride them my way and learn what the one rein stop is. Its the safe place for the horse and for the rider Stella knows it, Bugs is still learning. And after I saw Savannah take off I taught her it as well. But I've got to say. Take away the screeming and Savannah was very impressive. She is half clyde and half TB that's a hell of a mix if you want to have a horse to use for the hunt.
Bugs and Stella are safe from she who must be obeyed when I'm at work. I hide the ladder, she is to short or the horses to tall
Would I let her on Stella again, yes, and the reason. No not because Im soft, Not because I like my wife more than the horse, but because if you don't do it Stella's way, you don't do it. I learn't that one very quickly. Stella taught me to listen to her signals.
And to finish off my little rant. Stella on her first try bitless and no photo shoot is complete without Bugs. 035.jpg 030.jpg