I just realised how GRATEFUL I am for the horseforum. So I want to say a massive THANK YOU to all of you who participated in this thread. You all gave me excellent advice and because of that, Luca is improving. If it hadn't been for you guys, Luca would probably have ended up hurting me. (the only "horsey" people in my area are 1) a woman whom I almost never have contact with 2) a girl my age who actually doesnt know much about horses, she rides with no helmet on a little Shetland pony
, screaming at it when it doesn't cooperate. Why would it with a 13 year old, tall for her age rider on its back
3) a woman who thinks hitting her horses is the only way to cure problems. That's why her 17hh STB kicks AT PEOPLE when he doesn't feel like something.
) SO...you all basically saved Luca's and my future! THANK YOU!
Of course, our journey isn't over yet, and I will probably still ask for lots of advice about Luca on here, but still.....THANKS YOU ALL, YOU WERE ALL HONEST WITH ME, REMINDED ME OF MY MISTAKES AND PROVIDED ME WITH THE BEST INFORMATION I COULD EVER ASK FOR!