Originally Posted by SlideStop
........Do I let the horse bite at flies as many times as it take for her to realize it's not a big deal? God forbid the horse hits her leg or bites her... will it ruin horseback riding forever? Is it easier to take the safe road and do unmounted or teach her driving until the flies are gone?
I think she is just going to have to get over the fly thing. Hopefully she will understand that horses don't like being bit by flies anymore than she would. If a fly were biting her, she would shoo or slap it off and the horse is just doing the same thing. She should hopefully understand that.
What if a horse trips, as all horses do? That will probably scare her too but she will also have to get over horses tripping.
I know she must be frustrating to work with. She would be frustrating for ME to work with, and I understand. I think my riding buddy thinks I'm
frustrating to work with, because she is totally fearless and I'm not.
I don't have any good answers. I just know for me, getting a lot of successful rides under my belt overcomes fear. And then it becomes a partnership with the horse that is truly enjoyable. Pretty soon the horse is my best friend and we are exploring the world together. That is a wonderful goal for someone to obtain.