There's this girl who goes to my sister's school, 11 years old. She is currently looking at a 12 year old Skewbald.....horse. Don't really know what gender, but it's either a mare or gelding (at least not a stallion ) she is having it for a trial (phew, at least) today. Before she met my sister, she wasn't much of a horsey person, but since they started hanging out, sues started lessons (about 6 months ago.) I've been to one of her lessons and her riding is...well...I don't want to be mean...but she seems to be able to imitate a potato sack quite well Sorry...the only thing she uses to make the lesson pony go forward is a crop. Even the riding instructor was very frustrated at the end of the lesson.
This girl doesn't know what a Skewbald is. She calls it a Screwball. Seriously She can barely trot. She has no idea of nutrition for horses and her parents are not horsey at all. Sie plans to keep the horse with a lady who does horse treks and she will visit the horse at least once a week to ride it. I don't know. I just dint think this girl is ready for a horse. She could lease one first, and attend lessons with it, instead of going off lessons after 6 MONTHS and getting a $6000 horse of her own. I know this is none of my business but I just feel so sorry for a horse like that to be wasted. Here are some exact quotes from that girl.
"I've already had lessons for 6 months, I don't need them anymore, I can ride already."
"There's no way I'm going to clean a horse's privates. Your sister can do it for me."
"I don't know how big he is, probably 18 hands or something. I don't know how big the owner's hands are..."
"It's a Stationbred Pinto purebred." (and why does she keep calling the horse an "it"??
Sorry, I just had to let out this "little" rant. IMO, this is a recipe for disaster. Even if the horse does manage to put up with her riding and teaches her some basic stuff while she owns it, I don't think they will reach their full potential...with no trainer...no lessons.. I'm just concerned for the horse. This girl knows only the tiniest bit of basic stuff about horsemanship. It hurts just thinking about it....I may be overreacting but this horse is a beauty...the girl showed me a pic. It would be a shame if the horse got hurt or sick because of the girl's lack of knowledge...
Thank you, rant over.
Horsey kisses from Luca if you read it all