So on a trail ride today, my landlady/barn manager and I switched horses, because she had never ridden Whiskey before.
Whiskey was abused, and doesn't get on too well with new people, but is not nasty, just very tense. Whiskey also doesn't wear a bit because his tongue was slit with a knife (remember??? Seriously lady, why have you forgotten this?).
Comments when we get back (paraphrased):
"Screw his little bit issue. Put one in there with a nice tight figure eight flash and make him move off your leg. There's no reason he shouldn't be."
---Umm...maybe because he has no formal training and the only reason he moves off leg at all is because of the work I'VE put in to him? Maybe?
"He doesn't stop very well. Seriously, it's dangerous."
---REALLY? Do you think that maybe the reason he's not slowing down for you is because you're using leg pressure to try to get him to move sideways, which he doesn't understand??!? Yeah, just keep jabbing him in the side and see how slowly he plods home for you.
I wasn't watching because she ditched me on the trail on her psychotic mare and couldn't see her.
This is why I don't let other people ride my horse. The thing that irks me the most here is that my landlady rode to world level in quarter horses.
That makes me so angry.
Am I overreacting? I can't tell. I'm too pissed.