Alright, I hate my barn. Yep, I said it. HATE. The trainer is probably borderline abusive.
See more: Fuse has blown-I HATE my barn! (Advice maybe?)
I recommend reading it all.
So, I decided I need a diary. Publicly, because I want support here. This is really tough for me.
I was going to post some "lowlights" from that thread, but its too hard to decipher the really bad from the really really bad.
My trainer will be referred to as C from here on out.
Here are the horses and their biographies as of now: Blue Eyes:
Really old pony, probably in her 40s. Only horse C trusts. Cinnamon (Cinny):
Rambunctious young pony. C loves him cause he's cute. Doesn't trust him at all, however Bridgett:
Oddly conformed horse, but a fantastic jumper. Currently leased by someone I trust, but is still a little poorly educated because she rode at this barn her whole life. Paquita:
My baby <3. I don't lease her, but I wish I could just to spare her from other people riding her badly. She's sorta spooky and a little hot, but really trainable. Unfortunately, she's getting nowhere in her training while being here. Hannibal:
Only horse with really good confo. Lots of controversy over him because he's "PWETTYOMGILUVHIM" but now ridden by the only person strong enough to...Spur him every stride.
Spoiled like crazy. "Leased" by a young and annoying instructor. Secret:
C's baby. C trained her herself, and it's evident. Needs to be hit hard with a crop to get her to do anything, unless you have an insanely strong leg. Spoiled even more than Hannibal. Very responsive to C's voice, usually with things like "HIT HER" and "CANTER!" Often bucks if you make her do actual work of any kind. Mercedes:
Had an illness that caused her to have back issues. She really shouldn't
be ridden past a walk or trot, as her canter is just sad to look at. She's coming off an injury. She may not recover fully. Full leased by an extremely naive spoiled girl with no horse sense. Girl does not treat the horse well. Cinderella:
Big fat ol' schoolie. Molasses could beat her in a race. Pretty much dead to the leg at this point. Hates to jump anything that's not a crossrail. (I swear you could make a 3 foot crossrail and she would jump it!) Nikki:
Leased horse. Horse is a wonderful jumper. Unfortunately she is never ridden by her leasee, and gets really hot when she is ridden. The person leasing her does not ride her well at all, and has little horse sense. Ally:
Schoolie. She works well if you can use your leg. Hates to jump with a passion unless a good rider is on her (never). C makes her jump anyway. Georgia:
George Morris trained jumper. Leased by a spoiled girl who is a general nuisance. Girl makes her jump really high even though she is still sort of recovering from an injury. Blanca:
Greenie. Giraffe neck, sometimes horizontal head. NO BALANCE. Lizzie:
Sweet horse that has responded very badly to this training. Severe ewe neck from bracing. More on her in a later post. Zena:
Not much to say. She doesn't have much of a personality. I suspect someone abused a headset into her because she keeps her head close to vertical most of the time, even on a completely slack rein. Doesn't jump, just lifts her legs... Abby:
Tumorous white horse. She's old and stiff as anything. She's a bucker, but these days she just doesn't have the muscle to. Watching her move is sad.
Whew! That was hard work. Anyway, in the next post I'm going to dump all the notes I've already written.
If you read.... THANK YOU FOR READING!!!!!!