Sunday, January 21st, 2007
Went out to teach my first sets of lessons in the SC area (i've done oodles of work in AL and CA) and had a wonderful time teaching a 4 year old on her little cheeky registered AMHA mini pony, and a lovely little 8 year old boy riding his 10 year old Arab/Welsh cross pony.
The 4 year old lasted 20 minutes and did absolutely wonderfully, steering all on her own. The little welsh on the other hand was really acting up. She kept popping up in the front and threatening to rear. Finally, she was lunged.. then she still threatened to rear.. so I got on her >) She bucked on me twice, but I didn't even feel it (though my husband was like "OMG don't FALL OFF" or "OMG THAT WAS CLOSE" bless his heart, I don't know what he was worried about x_x
After the lesson I spent a good bit of time out on the property hanging with all the horses, and met a registered Cremello Paint Horse that I want x_x but I still need to pay off Dreamer and I am having a heck of a time with that x_x urrrgh. The lady offered to let me ride any of her horses which was so sweet! :) I look forward to getting to know them more. Im offering a lot of free services to her because I really enjoy working with her horses. There are a lot of self proclaimed trainers (aka people who read 1 book, and trained 1 horse, and are suddenly "trainers") that were doing so many bonehead stupid things, and offering stupid advice.
I saw a guy who was "desensitizing" a PMU horse by smacking his hands all over her nose and eyes. This guy also seriously pulled up in his truck, got out, walked into the roundpen (where his horse was living, and as soon as his foot was in the roundpen just cracked the heck out of the whip without even saying hello to the horse first. I seriously thought this was the stupidest guy ever x_x Then suddenly he stopped, called the horse to the center, and smacked the horse in the eye/nose to "desensitize" him, then cracked the whip over his back and sent him off.
I offered to train whatever she needed for free so long as she paid my trip charge. I was appalled when I saw how he was treating those horses.. mind you.. horses that aren't his..
Im done XD