Join Date: Jun 2011
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My trainer says ponies are naturally mischievous little creatures. As much as I would love to own my horse someday, right now it is not an option because I am saving up for college. After this summer I will be a senior, and I am really interested in going to one of the more expensive schools.
Currently, I lease a chestnut 18 year old arabian named Batman, one of the best show horses of his age. Not officially :) but in my mind he is. However, the other leaser is making a scene with my trainer (who is his owner) and is demanding she ride him all the time. Now, poor Batman is in his prime, and even if he is quite a hardy horse, he can't be ridden all the time. So, that means because I am not paying a half lease (i have a quarter) I don't get to ride him as much, and I am stuck with the stable's pony, apache, who has some MAJOR, MAJOR disrespect issues. Well, maybe i'm over-playing it, as he is quite a small horse (not sure how tall, but his head meets mine, and i'm five foot three)
I'm going to have to give up my lease and find another horse to lease, since the situation is becoming ridiculous.
Anyway, i've been thrown from this little pony three times. He was the first horse I ever fell off of (and i've been riding on and off for nine years) so it wasn't very dangerous. The first time, as you can imagine, I was in tears. But the second and third were easier, and I just grabbed him and got on. I've become more patient with him, but I am still nervous around him, and he KNOWS that! Which is the biggest issue. Because I am afraid of him, he takes advantage of me, and because I know he could buck me off his back at any time without me being prepared, it makes me even more scared. However, i'm not afraid to fall off anymore (i just didn't want to get wet, because the rain was a mudpuddle), but I need to find some way to be rougher with him.
Batman is the sweetest horse in the world. You can do anything to him and he won't object or give you trouble. I've never dealt with a horse that is such a handful. It's my first experience doing hacks, and we're out there twenty minutes and the pony decides it wants to go home. He hears other horses in the distance and stops, looks around, and tries to go to them. The other day it was raining, and the ring was covered in puddles. Apache kept giving threats every time I tried to go for a puddle, and so I gave up, which wasn't a good idea, but I didn't know how to control the behavior. When we talk down to the ring (there's a trail) he tries to shove me to the side so he can go back up to the barn. He's very powerful for a small horse, and it's quite intimidating. And we're going downhill, and so I end up walking him up and down almost five times before i'm able to struggle my way down to the ring. But when he decides he's done, he starts swerving and backing up, and tossing his head as he moves sideways with his ears back. I am at a loss how to fix this. He's reared and bucked in front of me when I lunge him, but his legs are so short it isn't threatening. What I thought were "hello" nudges are angry, violent thrashes to make me move so he can go to the gate. He's even tried to slam me into the railing of the ring.
I have to ride him until I can find another horse to lease, and because I'm the smallest in my barn, we're stuck together. He really is a charming horse, and i'd love to befriend him, because if we aren't riding and we're alone together, he's fine. I love him very much, but i'm afraid of him, if that makes any sense. It's improved, but if i'm riding him by myself in the rain, he flips out and wants to leave because he's scared. I talk to him, pet him, and tell him he's safe, but we don't have a strong bond.
ANY tips would be encouraged. Thanks!
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