Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Germany- but not German =D
Riding a 3yo for the first time.. how would YOU do it?
I didn't want to put 'how'd you break a horse' in the title as there was another thread where people got a bit iffy on the term...
But the question still stands, and I'll explain why.
My YO/trainer basically rents the yard, however the owners have their house and stables on the same property and use the same facilities.
They have everything from carriage horses, to foals, to dressage horses, to greenies.
Last year they bought 3 2yos and left them to pasture all summer. Brought them in this winter and have decided 2 of them are too small so are selling them.
The first time one of these 3yo's had a saddle on, a girl came to ride her. She was lunged in a round pen till she was white- I saw no practical training side of it, just to get the beans out.
The girl then got on, tied the reins in a knot and pulled them up to her chest and held on with one hand, light-ish sort of seat and hand on the jesus handle.
And they just made this thing go round, and round, and round rearing, trying to fall over on the girl, lunge whip was being used over and over on it- marks were clearly visible on its hind as it came out, and they beat it till it submitted, basically.
Not only that, my big concern was for the rider- the roundpen hasn't got high walls, only half ones- if she got thrown, she'd have been thrown into or onto them... ouch.
I was shocked, to say the least- is this the norm :S