Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Ontario, Canada
When I was 9 I took lessons with a Cowboy type of guy. In the lessons he would yell and swear 24/7. I didn't pay any mind to it. But I was also just a kid.
Here's what I remember though:
He gave lessons to only little kids around my age, most women even though "Women shouldn't ride".
The once I remember him yelling at me about my toes saying "John Wayne didn't ride with his toes out!"
He would use his son's horse, who was a moody mare, in lessons. I believe he mood worsened when they got her in foal. For the first few months they still used her. The once a girl my age was in the center of the arena sitting on her, and a gelding passed by on the rail behind her, so she kicked out with both hind feet, scaring the rider so bad she cried.
We also bought a 18yr old horse off of him, and when we left the property had to leave it behind.
The one other thing I recall is while riding, seeing a horse that we had sold to him running around loose on the property.
Things I learned after we left: He uses the old cowboy method of breaking horses, one being tying it up and making it fall over, then hitting it till it got back on it's feet, and repeating this step.
And the gelding we bought, apparently wasn't allowed to leave the property because he was a lesson horse. My parents were only told so AFTER they bought him. I also met a girl a couple years later who went there just after we left... That gelding was used so often that I don't think he ever got a day off, and he was used for everything. He died the following year after we left, at age 19.
Needless to say I do not have anything more to do with the guy
"It is the difficult horses that have the most to teach you" - Double Dan Horsemanship