I'm a 15 years old, no source of income, money's tight for my family, but my little sister and I still like to ride horses. We haven't had enough money for lessons for a while now, but we've had plenty of lessons, and it's not like we don't know the basics of riding.
We thought we found a solution. A stable close to us offers trail rides for $20 an hour. You can come whenever, just ask for your favorite horse and hope he's in there. This way, we could skip a week or two if we couldn't afford it.
I enjoy it a lot, but there's a problem. These horses have so many different people riding them that some are stubborn. It works for the most part. The stable has its share of "beginner" horses, for people who just want to ride or have never ridden before. The beginner horses know their way through the trails better than their riders do. They are stubborn and being on one of them is like riding a merry-go-round horse.
My sister and I ride the "intermediate" horses. These horses are reserved for riders who pretty much know what they're doing. They know how to ride and control a horse. The horses are more willing to do different things because they're a little softer at the mouth, and they seem to generally trust whoever is riding them to be kind to them.
Of course, there are "advanced" horses who are very responsive, but also prone to flightiness or have other, uh, "quirks."
But the growing problem is that my sister and I want to become better riders. Whenever I ride, I like to concentrate on how I'm doing and try to get better. This is hard when every time I get on a horse; it doesn't know who I am, my riding style, et cetera. When we ride, there's usually an incident near the beginning of the hour-long ride where the horse tries to disobey or be rude to another horse. How you handle this situation is crucial because if you let him take advantage of you, you can pretty much kiss control goodbye.
We should be getting lessons sometime soon, but I was wondering if anyone had any tips on how I can improve my riding under these specific circumstances. Thanks for the read!