Definitely don't take that attitude - I agree, we all started somewhere.
I teach beginner western lessons - just for basic recreational purposes. They all come to me thinking they can hop on and go, when in reality, I make them do all the boring stuff for a LONG time. They ALL start on the ground - just learning how to walk around a horse properly. First lesson, they don't even mount up. They all think I'm a mean, mean teacher.
The first time they fall, they get it. It's not just "fancy stuff" - it's there for a reason. Yeah, "heels down, toes up" looks pretty, but it's real purpose is to keep the horse between you and the ground.
There is NO shame in lessons, like NewHeart said.
You two need a trainer, for your safety. We want the best for you and Clippy. You clearly have a passion for horses (don't we all?) so harness it and create a beautiful, trusting, respectful relationship.
That horse is sour right now, and when two feet leave the ground, the other two will soon follow. You're about to end up on your butt because that horse doesn't know what you're asking him. He respects you enough right now not to buck or rear full on, but he's confused, and he's going to get fed up really fast and toss you on the arena floor.
Get some training for the both of you, please, and then show us what you two have got. I bet it'll be awesome. :]
Last edited by LeahKathleen; 04-15-2009 at 12:49 AM.