Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: southern Arizona
That was what puzzled the trainer. She knew what a pee-poor rider I was and that I had ridden Mia a lot in an arena. So how could Mia be unbroke?
At the end of 4 training sessions, she warned me Mia might never be safe to ride outside an arena. It was on the 5th session that she concluded no broke horse could be so totally ignorant of yielding to pressure. We compared notes on what I had been told and how the previous owner said Mia had been used (or not), and the trainer concluded that, at best, Mia had perhaps 30 days of training when young (she was 7 when I bought her). The previous owner had said that Mia had largely been unridden for a few years, but I was too new to horses for any warning flag to go up! I was so new that no flag went up when they only let me ride her in a 30' round pen...
On the positive side, it meant Mia had a very sweet, willing nature. And she does. There isn't a mean bone in her body. We still have problems at times. She has fears of things, and she gets very excited at times, but she is a very willing, fundamentally gentle horse.
Since buying a horse, I think I've learned everything by doing it wrong the first time. Sometimes the second, third and fourth time too! The only thing that has saved me has been owning horses who are genuinely gentle, forgiving creatures.
"Make the right thing easy and the wrong thing...well, ignore it mostly."