I am a college student currently studying abroad in Jordan and since I have been riding since I was 9 I figured Jordan was no place to stop. So I found a barn that seemed to get good reviews and I visited and it is clean and the horses are well-fed and happy but I am having a hard time adjusting to 'traditionally trained' horses. I was at a natural horsemanship/therapeutic riding barn for many years and was spoiled by all the impeccably trained horses. Here I have found horses to be trained to be utilitarian at best (most have very bad ground manners and are unresponsive to cues while riding), and although one or two have picked up some cues I have tried to teach them from my old barn, I am afraid that I am just going to have to resort to riding badly on a poorly trained horse. Is there any hope for riding in a way that doesn't seem to really irritate these horses the way they have been irritated their whole lives? Or should I not bother since I will only be at the barn until the end of December?
I, too, hope you are kidding. If you aren't, you are clueless as to what 'Natural Training' methods or 'Traditional Methods' actually are.
Please enlighten us as to just how you define each because I think everyone else here is just shaking their head. I know I am.