Originally Posted by whispering willow View Post
but his riding skills however were just terrible! He didn't know what right or left was. My question is how can I get him to learn his rights and lefts? And he seems to have a nasty habit of bobbing his head and nearly hits you in the head? Is that normal if he hasn't had much experience? Is there any way to stop this behavior?
For example, if you were never taught how to throw a spiral quartback pass to your wide reciever in a football game, would you be able to just throw on some pads, just out onto the field, and do that?
Of course not.
So you can't expect this horse who has not been trained to ride, to know how to ride.
Based on your wording and how you are asking this question and such, I would strongly recommend you send him to a trainer. If you don't even know how to train a horse to turn left or turn right (very, very basic), and I do not advise you to try to learn over the internet.
There an old saying that goes:
GREEN + GREEN = BLACK & BLUE
A green rider combined with a green horse will result in the horse and/or rider getting injured. Not a good combination.
It is not a negative thing that you don't know how to deal with a green, untrained horse. But it is important to know your boundaries and be realistic. If nothing else, ask the trainer you send him to if you can sit in on some of the sessions? You'll be watching a professional work with him and picking up some tips along the way.
But I would advise getting this horse to a trainer who knows what they are doing. It's only fair to the horse.