Okay so im a go to gal for younger kids who need advice with horses, im not the greatest, but better then nothing(and free). Anyway I have a girl that needs help with her horse, she is coming by in the morning so I can help her with a few tips. She says her horse 'doesn't turn' and is very barn sour and she can't get it to do anything. From what she has told me it isn't a well trained horse(or at least a horse that doesn't respect her) and she is a beginner. She has a hillside area and her horse DOESNT LUNGE. One thing she said was I can sit on her in the field and let her eat, but when I try to get her to go or something she gets mad she must not be willing to 'force' her horse to do anything, or she just doesn't know how.
So what on earth can I teach this girl? I want to inspire her, so heres what I was thinking I would show her what her horse can do if she commits to it, I was going to hop on my best horse, and run around the barrels without a headstall, also back her up and go sideways and all that stuff that might impress a beginner and tell her its a lot of hard work and it is going to take time but she can get there(a LOT of hard work).
The point to this is I want to teach her how to train a horse to be soft. I want to get on(I would start with ground exercises for softness of course) my 2 year old who has been ridden 2 times and show her how I would do this with an untrained horse(and honestly a very hard horse). I would also show her that she needs to do a lot of arena type work before she will be able to take her horse out on the trails. I want to show her just few basic things that will help her earn her horses respect.
I know this may not help her but she told me her parents are convinced there is nothing wrong with this horse, she said she wanted to have it trained but they told her she could handle it.
Anyway please don't nag me, a few simple suggestions would be nice though(nothing major). I was also going to put a girl that helps me on one of my mares and show her how even without a halter that horse will follow me anywhere and the rider just has to sit there and do nothing because the horse trusts and respects me. I not going to let her ride one of the horses, maybe my friends old nag just to show her what I mean by soft and have her demonstrate for me so I can show her the proper way. Im worried that she will get hurt on her horse, I offered to help with the horse but the parents don't want the horse worked with so I told her I would just show her a few things.
I think teaching her to train the horse to be soft(and respect her) would be the best thing, nothing more I can really do without working with the horse in person. I also don't want to make her so confident that she goes home and gets on and expects to be able to do everything bad situation for everyone involved I think. Just wondering if my suggestion will help or hurt depending on how bad the horse really is, but if she is going to be riding it anyway(with or without my help) I guess it will help her.