How do I do it?
Im not sure where I should have put this but move it if you have to!
Im unsure on how to explain to my non-horsie mother that inexprienced riders shouldnt train a green horse. I have been riding for 3 years I can walk/trot, I know my diaganols, I can keep my seat pretty good but I'm not very confident in myself and I think its rubbing off on my pony Abby.
Ever since I have bought her we have been having trouble with her. Yeah she is very sweet but undersaddle and lounging its a differnent story. I dont feel exprienced enough to keep training her and Im a bit of a push over which doesnt help much either.
We were called up one afternoon and told to come out and have a look at her so we did. We had her old owners come out and have a look at my old horse Chester a while ago so I already knew him. He tacked her up basicly through the saddle on her, she just stood there. His daughter hopped on, walked around, then went to trot and she kept trying to buck. We were told that her teeth needed floated. Then he brings her in the round yard and I have a rider, when I get on she puts her head down and backs up, kick her foward and walks foward but is always trying to put her head down. Then each time I try to get her into a trot she kicks out, I get her into a trot and her ears back. After she bucks with me on her, he gets on, canters her and then she rears, he canters her back, gets off and shows us her girth chaffing and saddle sore. Then his daughter gets on bareback, she has her ears pinned back and kicking out.
Then he starts talking and saying how if we buy her he will give us free lessons and will keep training her. I didnt like this idea but my parents sure fell for it! The reason why I didnt want him to train me was because I want to do some small Dressage shows and he is a stockman.
Went home and had 2 hours to decide. Ended up saying no but then my parents went and said "But she is already on the propety we want to keep our horses" and "but he will keep training her" so I told them to decide. Still feel stupid for saying that!
And here I am. I have a pony that I cant control and dont ride. So back to my question. How do I explain to Mum that Green horses and Green riders dont go well together.
Sorry for it being so long!
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