Originally Posted by FarmerMama
I've bought 2 horses so far & although they are both "good horses" neither one has turned out to be what I was looking for or thought I was buying. I needed a beginner horse & both seemed well trained & easy for me to handle at the beginning but they have both realized how inexperienced I am and have started to push & test me.
A horse friend of mine said that no matter how good the horse is over time they will come down to the level of their rider. I'm taking some lessons with them & it's helping but I have a lot to learn.
I'm looking for a good kids horse for my 7 year old daughter. She started riding pony club & gymkhana this year and she is confident but still figuring out using voice & legs before reins. She rode both of our horses on her own at the beginning of the summer but now is having trouble (they've stopped listening because she doesn't stop pulling) so I've gone back to leading her with them using halter only. I've found lots of ponies/small horses that sound pretty good but I'm listening to my spidey senses more now and won't rush into anything until I find the horse (and seller) that we really need!
No rider is ever past the point of needing lessons, there is always something more you can learn. My trainer who has 30+ years of walker training and has been in the saddle since she could walk still takes lessons -everyone has something different to offer and something for you to learn.
I think it is great that you are taking lessons on those horses as it will teach you how to be a better rider. Even more, I think it is great you recognized that and that you are willing to make th effort to become better, kudos!