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    01-31-2013, 02:01 AM
Originally Posted by Hazels    
Virgil is extremely knowlegable about horses...I think he knows what he's doing. His horses are all dead broke, they just have different personalities. He trusts us enough to let us decide which horse clicks with us.
Well, speaking from personal experience instructing hundreds of students, if a student was ever sobbing during a lesson, I would completely reevaluate everything I was doing, from horse to lesson plan. Same if a student was ever having as much trouble as you seem to be. If Kelly truly is a good lesson horse, then he knows what he's doing and chose you to ride her. He thought you were more prepared to ride Kelly than Cassidy was. Take that as a compliment and Kelly as a blessing to help you progress in your riding ability. :)
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    01-31-2013, 02:18 AM
Enough about his teaching method, thank you.

Well, I spoke to my mother about it. She said that Gray Guy would be really good for me and I should stick with him for a while. She didn't think Cassidy really loved Gray Guy, she just really disliked Kelly. So, we might try having Cassidy switch with Gabriel, the only other kid in our class. He rides Fooler, a horse Cass is used to. He's more experienced than the both of us, so he might be able to handle Kelly. That sounds pretty good to me, but I don't know how happy Gabe and Cass will be about it. I'll have to talk to them.
    01-31-2013, 02:25 AM
It is clear that you are a spoiled brat used to getting her own way. I really hope Cassidy can find herself a better friend.
    01-31-2013, 02:27 AM
    01-31-2013, 02:28 AM
Well. That was really rude uncalled for. First off---we've been friends for almost six years now. I doubt either of us would find a better friend, thank you. Second, I would never make that descision without asking everyone first. It was a mere idea that my mother came up with. Please don't go around call people you don't know spoiled brats. I am extremely offended.
    01-31-2013, 02:29 AM
Thanks for the mood-lightener, mudpie. //Just laughed so hard
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    01-31-2013, 02:34 AM

I know you aren't interested in hearing this, but if I were you, I'd still be interested in why Kelly isn't responding to you. When does she act up? What are you asking for when she refuses to listen? When you identify that, ask yourself if you're giving your horse the correct aids. If you're not sure, ask your instructor. If you are giving correct aids and Kelly is still refusing to move, there is a hole in her training or another underlying issue. If you aren't giving the correct aids, how can you fix them?

Even if you do end up continuing to ride the horse your friend was already riding, you should take this opportunity to better yourself as a rider.

I have learned that if a horse is acting up, chances are, it's the rider's fault. If it's not the rider's fault, then it's a training gap, and that horse doesn't need to be used for beginner lessons.
    01-31-2013, 02:34 AM
You have made it clear that you want the horse Cassidy rides right from the beginning. We have offered you other suggestions that don't require Cassidy to have to give up anything. Why don't you switch to Fooler?
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    01-31-2013, 02:36 AM
Thank you, Leah, for actually addressing the situation.

I think it's partially her fault and partially mine. I don't take control very easily, and she doesn't mind very well. It's not a very good mix.
    01-31-2013, 02:39 AM
Sandy-I've never ridden him before. She's ridden him from day one up until a month or so ago. It was just an idea, and I don't even like it. I doubt anyone else will either. Maybe I'll ride Gray Guy unless she asks for him back---which she didn't. Maybe she would like Fooler better than Gray anyway. Maybe Gabriel wants to try Kelly. I dunno.

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