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post #11 of 15 Old 03-08-2014, 12:25 PM
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Originally Posted by iRide Ponies View Post
That's why I was annoyed, because it is so unusual for her t get antsy about that stuff.
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Good comments here.
I would not be annoyed with the horse whatsoever. When a group is out riding and some (or one) is a very green rider, the rest of the group needs to consider the safety and enjoyment of everyone.
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My suggestion would be that when beginners are involved, you keep it to a walk unless you are in a controlled environment. Out on the trail it gets to hard for you to have any control of the situation. Especially when it involves teenage boys (...Can you tell I've been their and done that? I'm with ya,...)
Agreed, I would not be annoyed with the horse.

If I was the green rider, I would've been annoyed with the group insisting on cantering when I was not comfortable doing so. He should not have been put in the position in the first place. Even if he SAID he was comfortable, his experience and skill level should have been taken into consideration. Plenty of people SAY they're comfortable cantering on trail because they (1) actually believe it or (2) are too embarrassed to say they are not. Particularly a young man wanting to impress his girlfriend.

Where was FB when the event was being "recreated?"

(My opinion may be a bit skewed because, despite the fact that I've been riding for over 20 years, I hate cantering in groups on trail. IMO, it's an accident waiting to happen. I won't trail ride unless it's made clear we don't canter unless everyone is comfortable doing so).
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post #12 of 15 Old 03-08-2014, 12:37 PM
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He was leaning forwards, and as said above most likely clamped his legs down. All of my horses would take off, and the rider would have it coming.
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When the event was being recreated we stuck him on the Chestnut and his girlfriend was leading him from the ground. He was kind of nervous after the event.
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post #14 of 15 Old 03-08-2014, 03:09 PM
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My horse did the same thing with me last summer. It was my fault. When I leaned forward to go under a branch I clamped my legs together. I stayed on and that was my 1st time cantering on a horse. I stayed on and slowed him down. That day I finally got over being afraid to canter.
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post #15 of 15 Old 03-08-2014, 05:20 PM
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I wouldn't worry about it honestly. S...tuff happens and its more likely to happen with horses, plus green unconfident riders. Luckily he wasn't hurt and hopefully he wasn't too badly shaken, but when things happen you buck up and try again. Its not the end of the world to fall off a horse.

Nor would I say your horse is bad. The same sensitivity that makes her ride so nice for youis pprobably what sent her running off with him. She was doing what she knew or thought she should in that moment in time.

It's too late to worry about it now. Put your frustration behind you and keep this as a funny story to tell your friends :)
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