I've been having riding lessons on my standie, and its going well, he just doesnt have very good brakes! (but getting better)
Last week I went for a trail ride with my neighbour and I said I'm only walking because I want a good woah at a walk before we start trotting on trails.
So today my neighbour says "we have to go faster next ride because walking is too hard on my horses mouth" ! I think her horses are only half trained (broken in by her) and yes she is hauling on their mouth the whole time to keep them at a walk because normally she just lets them take off at whatever pace they choose.
Anyhow, Im just going to say 'sorry I can't ride with you then because my horse needs to learn to just walk right now"
Is it just me or is it fairly bizarre to say that your horse can't walk? Its not like these are high performance horses just trail riding horses. Wouldnt you think its a sign your horse is only half trained that it can't do the pace you choose?