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post #21 of 22 Old 11-01-2012, 08:55 PM
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Originally Posted by Rachel1786 View Post
Because it's my horse and when I asked my trainer(who is friends with her) about the release she said that you are supposed to have a tight rein and it didn't seem right to not give the horse their head and let them stretch over the jump at all so I wanted to get a second opinion because I feel she only said it was correct because it was her friend.
Totally reasonable and fair enough. I wasn't sure if you were just at a competition and didn't like someone there.

If this was my horse, I would not be happy. I wouldn't allow them to ride my horse again. I'd also find a new trainer.

If it's a random rider, whatever...
If it's my horse, there's not enough release, it's the wrong bit, and that is a girth sore.

I was just in a situation like this, with a friend, she was also my trainer. I allowed her to use my horse for one student, to do her a favor as she had a horse who died and didn't have a horse for this one student.
They posted videos of her riding, spurring my horse every single stride. I said something, another video was posted, same riding style after we talked.
I moved barns and changed trainers.

It's not the same, but similar. The trainers income apparently is more important than the relationship with you or I.
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post #22 of 22 Old 11-01-2012, 08:57 PM
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I'm very sorry that someone was using your horse in a manner which you were not comfortable...I agree with your assessment and would not be comfortable with such, either, if those snapshots are at all representative of the "usual manner" which this person rides.

I personally have trouble with viewing any contact that looks unrelenting. Of course, as was well stated already, one or two photos cannot tell a whole story.

By the same token I would imagine a person would be hardpressed to snap even one photo of me holding that firm of contact on any horse I presently ride, for any reason (please understand; I am a returning now-beginner/lower intermediate-level rider again, and very likely ride at a much lower level than that which this rider likely does, etc...therefore, it could be comparing apples and oranges...or not. I tend to use the absolute minimum contact necessary to "get the job done" & don't see that philosophy varying much, even as I do advance).

But, my initial point in writing THIS post (before I got carried away--sorry!) was to tell you that your horse is just LOVELY!! She has a gorgeous face & a very sweet expression...I'm glad you'll be enjoying her again soon!!

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