Folks, "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."
I don't know how horses are trained in Jordan, but the average horse for rent there MIGHT be trained using methods most Americans would reject.
"If those horses have been trained with fear, intimidation and abuse, that is NOT traditional training."
Would it be preferable to call it "historical training"? Writing in the late 1800s, TR discussed the difference between ranch horses trained for the hired cowboy to use & those trained for personal use. The former were trained in a few rides. In 3 hours of training, you don't get very far. The latter were trained in ways that took a lot more time but developed a much better horse.
I've owned Mia for 4 years. I can take as much time as I want. That, to me, is the fun of riding. But the lesson horses I've met here aren't exactly inclined to trust the good will of humans. The mustang I was given last Dec was a lesson horse, and he still isn't truly convinced that humans are reasonable creatures.
If the OP says the horses she meets in Jordan aren't trained like the horses she was used to, how is that surprising?
And I agree with Fargosgirl - in a couple of months, you can't do much. Just deal with what is and use it to think about how you WANT to do things in the future.
I'll add that my son-in-law came from upstate NY. His family had horses, and he was taught to 'break' a horse by first cutting their food until the horse lost 100+ lbs. Then get on and stay on until the horse gave up. Voila! A trained horse! To this day, he hates anything to do with horses, although he admits my horses behave differently than what he grew up seeing...