Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Baytown, TX Close to Houston
• Horses: 0
Yes, I have a 13 year old granddaughter who rides and has friends that ride, but am not sure if they could get her to neck rein like I would want her to, and it's hard to get her above anything but a trot. I just want her to ride, and be a pleasure to ride. As for the abuse issues, I might sound a little hung up, because of things I read and hear about, some of those even involving show trainers, one well known in the QH world. I used a trainer once, he kept my horse in a filthy stall, no water, she'd lost weight, and I doubt he even rode her once. Yes, I know horses need a firm hand, and I am all for it. Our farrier actually had to discipline my daughter horse in the way you described, and I had no problem with it. I am referring to actual abuse, such as causing wounds and not seeing they're fed and have fresh water. I am 61 years old, and feel I have seen it all, and heard about it all. I could do it myself, if I were able to ride, but I am disabled and cannot. Maybe I'm just too picky, but the kind of horse I want to see ridden if I can't ride myself, is a typical western riding horse, one that has a great neck rein, back up, and stop, not something you have to mule rein, that just plods around like granny goosler. I know this mare has that potential, she was a roping horse. So, if I can't ride her myself like I like to ride, I want to see my grandkids riding and enjoying her and having fun. There are 3 horses in all, and the other 2 are excellent riding horses. I have 7 grandkids, from ages 20 down to age 2. I don't want anyone feeling left out, cause Nana's horse is no fun to ride!! Your advice was great, thanks.