Yesterday I met a young girl who came to do a days stock work with us. She is a nice young thing I liked her. She was riding her little black QH mare that is on the property to have a QH stallion put over it. I have met the girls parents once or twice a over the years on various horse treks.
Her mother is an EXTREMELY nervous rider, the sort that if you try talking to her on a ride you end up babysitting her because she clings on "Don't leave me, Please!". The girls father is recently taken up horse riding and sits in the saddle like a sack of potatoes while hanging on via the horses mouth. I watched as the girl groomed and saddled her mare yesterday. She never brushed her rump or tail ( which I filed in the catagory of Suspicious) and the horse jumped around while she tried to do up the girth and the breastplate. At morning tea, lunch and afternoon break she couldn't tie up her horse because she can't, it won't tie at all. And during the course of the day the horse reared and charged and I found out she doesn't go behind it or brush it's bum because, yes, it does kick.
So her parents have sent their fourteen year old daughter out into the world on a horse that kicks, fights and brawls with her. The girl is doing the best she knows but doesn't seem inclined to know more.
The best thing of all, these people are now breeding horses and training horses to sell! Doesn't that rip your undies!!
Isn't it amazing to think that as fast as good people are trying to teach people and horses how to get along in harmony their are people out there manufacturing potential horse problems. You wonder where all the badly trained horses keep coming from and then you meet people like this.
It does my head in.