Is this a sign of a "bad" instructor / issues, or things like that just happen?
10 year old student, riding for just over a year, takes one 30 minute private lesson a week, doesn't own a horse to "practice" at home.
Lesson horse starts acting out during lesson--mini bucks, not listening. The situation settles somewhat, but then the student falls off on an approach to a jump. It was the student's fault in terms of miss-communicating, but the horse was "off" that day as well. No injuries, gets on the horse again, not terribly nervous afterwards, but a touch apprehensive. To give the horse credit, it slowed down when the kids started losing her balance.
The following lesson, the student is on another horse, and the horse is behaving the same--not listening, mini bucks, sort of "off" in general. Instructor leaves the student on the horse in the arena while she walks off to the barn to get different bridle /bit.
The student had been riding both of those horses more or less regularly over that year.
We switched barns after that, but it was just a coincidence--we had completely different reasons, namely switching from English to Western, longer lessons, shorter commute. Now, in retrospect, I'm thinking if there were red flags in this, or is this all within safe and normal.
What are your opinions? Thanks.
Last edited by horselessmom; 03-17-2013 at 05:13 PM.