Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Where ever i am.
i took lessons when i was about 4 years old. then i stopped riding for a few years. i went to summer camp when i was about 10/11 years old and went there for the past 3 summers. then in December of 06' i finally got my own horse! he was a green, full of energy, chunky 8 year old Quarter Horse/Appaloosa cross. he was a nice horse when i rode him in the driveway but if i tried to ride him in the pasture hed take off in a canter, which i had never cantered before in my life! he did this about 3 times, almost taking me threw an electric fence...eventually i grew afraid to ride him so i didnt and he was the type of horse that if you didnt ride him almost everyday hed act up. so i sold him to my friend. then after owning him for a year i got a "sapposidly" beginner safe horse. she was a 10 year old abused, starved, neglected Thoroughbred mare. well shes a good horse, better then my first horse but she needs to be worked. my friend and i rode her for the first time in January and Ginger FREAKED and jumped over a snow pile with my friend on her, my friend lost her sturrup and her leg got banged up since it hit the side of the pastures gate. so then in February we rode her again. she was great, alittle spunky for a few minutes then calmed down. then me and my friend recently rode her for 2 days straight, the first day she was once again spunky but soon calmed down. my barn owner said that she really isnt ready for a beginner yet and that i shouldnt ride her until she is alittle more in shape and is back into riding again. i was alittle upset since i would love to ride horses but everytime i get a horse i end up being afraid of them! but im not afriad to ride another boarders 16.3 hh 12 year old Thoroighbred gelding...i dont get it! okay well back to the story after that we rode her the next day and i sware she was better then any other lesson horse that i have ever ridden..it was like a miracle how much of an angel she was...and come to find out we think she is much older then 10 years old, my BO just told me she looks almost in her late teens because you can see all the bones in her face and she does have a bit of sway back but whatever. okay so my question to you guys is how do i become more confident on a horse that isnt yet "beginner safe" again and ive been riding for about 7 years on and off and im still a beginner! the only thing i can do on a horse is walk a trot. help!