Being lead around is better than being tossed on a horse and finding out its green or worse...
I was thrown on a very very green horse for a huge event and even though I have ridden many green horses before it was an awful ride. Because the horses owner, who had never seen me ride, assumed by my FB posts of all the horses I've ridden, including my own, that I could ride. Luckily I can but had I not been able to, I could have been killed or seriously injured when she reared, or when she blew up over a tarp. There were 200+ riders. This horse was not safe for this ride. I was very peeved that someone would just toss anyone on their very green horse. Very dangerous and irresponsible. Mind you I didnt know she was green until I was mounted and wiggled wrong (trying to adjust my seat and stirrups) and she blew up, literally almost flipped me and herself into the side of the trailer from rearing. I got her under control and was like wth!? Yup she only had 30 days on her, just home yesterday :/ grrr still peeves me!
Another point I want to make is that every single time I get on a horse I don't know I have its owner lead me around for a few minutes. This allows both me and the horse time to get use to each other and feel each other out. There is nothing wrong with being led around and it doesnt make me a baby at all, just a smarter, safer rider. When I climb on a 3yr old stud for the first time, dang right I want to be lead around until Im confident and am in tune with the horses body language. I have ridden many many green horses and the ones I get lead around on are less likely to act up when I am finally riding by myself. The horse mentioned above. I just jumped on, if I would have made her owner hold her and walk her for a minute I would have figured out she was green in a much safer way.
And lastly I would never ever ever put a kid on my horse that I didnt know and let them ride alone. That's just asking for trouble. I have put so many kids on my horse (Too many to count because she is a lessons horse), who take pics, and post on FB that they can ride... lol just cause you sat on a horse and took a picture doesnt mean you can ride. It would have been very very irresponsible if they had just thrown you on a horse and let you go. Those people were smart not to let you just ride off. I don't care if you can ride or not. Those people are obligated to their horses and its irresponsible to throw strangers on your horse and not supervise them, even worse would have been to put a child at risk because they assumed. My horse is used for kids lesons and I still wouldnt throw a random kid on her, pictures/horse owner or not. Posted via Mobile Device