These are some exciting stories, let me tell you..
I'm about to go out to the barn and coordinate with this girl what we're supposed to do since we can't do full board anymore.. so this should be very interesting.
Then for the rest of the day I'm just going to go ride as many as I can, work, and then I have an appointment with the vet this evening for shots and coggins.
Work's been interesting. Just been doing the usual;; Friday I groomed and lunged all the horses [except for puff.. didn't get to him] and did the barns.
Yesterday I went down south to ride a pony for someone.. oh dear. Well first off it's an ancient Paso Fino, right. Yeahh. So I tack it up, and as soon as I got on the thing started flipping out, so we switched bridles and put it in a hackamore to see if that made her happier, which it sort of did at first.
Here's a little personality profile on the mare that I discovered when I got there. You can't ride her with a bit apparently. You can't use your leg. They get on her and go into the largo immediately because she doesn't like to walk or corto.
Oh yes, you just read that right. They get on, bypass walk and trot, and immediately start cantering.
So I was determined to make this beast walk, and she was determined to dump me everytime we got by the gate she would suddenly stop dead, start spinning, backing, doing little rears [keep in mind this was a very small enclosed area full of trees], then she'd whip her head around and put her nose at my leg.. ever tried straightening out a horse in a hackamore? Hahah. And of course you can't put your leg on her because rarely will she actually go forward. I wasn't concerned by the little rears and just pushed her through them very carefully. Well, she eventually spazzed completely, backed us into a corner next to the gate, and I knew we were screwed. I couldn't get off of her because of where we were located, I couldn't have someone come in and try to lead her out of the corner, and I couldn't risk pushing her forward. So we sat there for a little while as I tried to figure out what to do, but apparently my inaction upset her and she reared again;; but this time she flipped. We completely crushed their metal gate, I ended up sitting on top of it with the horse on the ground underneath me.. luckily we were both fine. So I got back on her and rode her around for a little while longer without her rearing and considered that a success, so I got off, convinced the people [who have very little experience] that they need a trainer, and left.
First and last time I ride that horse, I can guarantee it.
Buuuut on a happier note :] I'm supposed to start riding two horses for my friend while she's healing from her surgery -- a AQHA mare and an Oldenburg mare.
QH -- she's for sale
They can't afford to pay the trainer to ride them anymore, and I'm a lot cheaper, haha. So those two should be fun :]
I know, right! Come to find out she had reared the last time they rode her when the kid was on her.. they thought after I was done riding her was a good time to tell me that.
Depends on the horse ;)
Haha, no, I'm usually riding horses for my boss so I get paid by the hour on them.. which usually evens out to about $10 a ride. Other people give me $20 a ride.
I'm just going to have them pay my fuel to get back and forth for these two though.
I really have nothing set in stone, hahah. Clearly, eh
Some people are flat out stupid. But you really are lucky you guys got away without injuries. I know a girl who was paralyzed from the waist down when the horse reared and flipped over backwards. Very good rider too. I believe she was trying to get the horse to lower its head and it just spazzed out.
Haha. You are pretty cheap though. You could get away with charging a lot more since you are so experienced. I'll keep that in mind though. I just wanted to know what other people charged. If I ride someone else's horse I'm probably going to charge 20 now.