The blind leading the blind.......
I decided long ago, when I saw how Salem was able to break through to ppl afraid of horses, that I wanted to use him to give lessons to kids from the city areas, the ones who never see horses, don't have the opportunity to get around them. Salem has AMAZING patience for his age and is super friendly and lovey-its just too hard to push him away lol But Im no trainer. I just want to teach them the basics and give them the chance to be a part of this life. Salem is no lesson horse. I broke him myself under the guidence of a trainer and he's only been riden by other ppl maybe 15 times in the two years I've been riding him.The only ones who could make him go around like I do are girls who trained under the same trainer as me, leading me to think he doesnt understand or else chooses not to respond to cues and riders that arent exactly like me and mine. So when my lesson girl gets on Salem, its mostly her fighting just to make him move and listen.
On one side, I figure being riden by different ppl, being made to work through his reluctance, will teach him to be more accepting of all different kinds of riders. On the other hand, what if all these weird cues and random kicking, having someone pulling his face while kicking him to move, eventualy make him frustrated and mean?
My horse is like my leg- if I lost it, I would probably not die, but I would never be the same, never be complete.