Unfortunately, you just can't cure stupid. I just hope that poor daughter doesn't pay the price for mom's stupidity.
I am so glad that you weren't more seriously hurt, that sounds downright scary. I would suggest just some simple calcium + vitamin D pills (apparently, vit D helps the calcium absorb better?). No nasty flavor, easy to take, etc. I think that training Aires to accept a rider from the off side as well would be a wonderful idea. If he's squirrelly about people doing stuff to his off side, that's all the more reason to work on it. That is, if his trainer is okay with doing it.
The trainer is more than willing to help train him however I want/need. She is absolutely awesome!
Originally Posted by Susan Crumrine View Post
I think the mare needs to go back to the "rescue"..
The rescue needs someone to tell them, they are going to get someone hurt.
In todays horse market, you can buy nice horses cheap all day long ( horses safe for 11 year olds), and this woman went to a rescue, probably trying to do a good thing, and got a screwball.
I am so glad you are not more seriously injured. I have a broken right ankle, and a tib/fib fracture with titianium rods, plates and screws in my left.
I still ride, I cannot stand certain stirrups that rub on my screws. LOL>>>Susan
She apparently paid $700 for the mare. She was told that the mare was rope shy because the rescue's "trainer" was riding her and accidentally dropped the reins and the mare freaked out. That's why I was VERY careful with the reins while mounting and even after she bucked the first time. After talking with Jen, our trainer at the stable, she said she flipped the lead rope all over that mare and she didn't care one teensy bit. What this leads me to believe is that it *wasn't* the reins that set the mare off, it was someone in the saddle and the "trainer" maybe just didn't make the connection.
Jeez, what a nutter. Horse is crazy and dangerous but "cute". I really don't know what people are thinking. I can't help remembering The Princess Bride..."Did I hear the word *think* escape from your lips?!"
I might have missed something in the comment stream, but I don't recall seeing any discussion of a mounting block. I've got bits of torn cartilage and such from an ancient and horrible ankle sprain, it limits my range of motion in that ankle and hurts if I push things, but getting on with a mounting block doesn't bother that ankle at all. Seems like that would be an easier solution than training the horse for getting mounted on both sides and it would probably let you get back on sooner than if you're mounting from the ground.
The trainer at our stable wants to get a mounting block for her lessons (and for anyone who wants to use it)...we're just trying to find one that isn't $50 (looking used). lol There is a pseudo-mounting block up front by the hitching rails, but if there's any horse tied by it, you can't use it (especially if there's a trail ride going out or coming in...trail rides take precedence over everything and everyone else. I might go in with Jen, the trainer, and split a real mounting block.
And your Princess Bride quote seriously made me LOL!
I go in tomorrow at 8:40am to see about getting a cast and all that. I seriously have absolutely no pain, so we're hoping the doc will just put a walking cast on it.