I am attempting to teach my 16 yr old daughter to ride. I plan on putting her in lessons, SOON. Untill I can get her in, I've been trying to teach her the basics.
The first 2 days went well. Showed her where to place her legs, her hands, posture, heels down. I told her she can walk & try to trot, but nothing more. She needs to develope muscles & balance first.
well, that's where it all went downhill. If I take my eyes off her for a second, she's pushing him to canter. She can't keep balanced at a trot. She ends up almost laying across his neck & is yanking on the reins to get him to slow down.
I made her get off & explained that not only is she going to get hurt, she's going to hurt the horse. She HAS to listen to me. Well, that ended up in a big arguement. I'm just being mean & trying to ruin her fun. She thinks she knows what she's doing & want's me to leave her alone. Not happening! I want to put her on a lunge line so I can control things untill she gets a little knowlege under her, but she won't come near the horses when I try this. Right now she's telling my she wont do lessons cause "that's for babys".
Hubbys is of the opnion, let her crash & maybe she'll learn her lesson. I do not want her hurt or the horse. Right now, she is forbidden to ride untill she agrees to listen & respect my desisions.