Originally Posted by Saranda
Whenever I get annoyed by this, I remember myself, learning to ride (trot, canter, steer, anything) and being so shy and desperate, trying not to disturb anyone better than me and feeling guilty for any moment of almost running into somebody. I used to learn in quite a crowded place so I felt like this very often. Now I'm more experienced and I completely understand the new riders who aren't doing this on purpose. Yes, their actions might as well disturb my plans of the day, then again - how on earth will they get better in learning to ride a horse by themselves, if the more experienced riders are always there and not to be disturbed? So I just try to breathe slow and be understanding.
It wasn't so much the rider :) or the horse.. it was the person "teaching" on the ground pushing the horse to the rail. She wasn't an instructor, she was just a lessee of a boarder who wanted her friend to ride. Which is fine but when I was trotting on the rail, she pushed the beginner's horse to the rail by walking towards it, and so we had to circle (we were trotting) pretty tightly because I couldn't ask for a bigger trot we'd hit them and I couldn't just make him walk because it takes him awhile to do so. He's a greenie, So that's when the person on the ground, not the beginner, made that comment.
I mean.. horse 101, pressure release. You walk towards a horse looking big, it's going to move away from you.
It just bugged me, especially after the fact they had a dog loose in the arena which didn't help Sky relax at all. It was just an overall bad experience, but we did fine.