I wonder if anyone else feels the same as me? I went out for a horse ride with a very good friend of mine, I love this friend dearly even though this thread is basically about slamming her. Ok so we went out for a nice big ride, it was a beautiful day, the weather was perfect, the scenic vista was stunning, we had a bottle of wine with lunch. It should have been a perfect day. BUT her horse is a lazy arse,SOB. I mean he dawdles along, dragging his bum, he is always twenty to thirty paces behind us and then he has to have a big trot to catch up but he slows right down again and is soon trailing far behind once more. This is frustrating in itself because it means that my friend and I are trying to shout a conversation which is annoying. But then we head for home. And that **** horse suddenly turns into a complete effin f-wit. He starts prancing and dancing, jiggy joggy crap, every little creek and puddle on the track has to be jumped with a completely over the top sized leap.
It really peeves me because my horse Phoenix starts to get antsy herself because this **** horse keeps running up her bum, she starts getting nervous because every time he does one of his ridiculous lunges across a puddle he runs up her bum. I don't know if I am being completely unreasonable about this but it ruins my ride. I consider that type of behavior completely unacceptable and it really annoys me that MY horse starts performing in the same way every time I ride with this pair. The truth is I am spending more and more time riding on my own, me, my horse and the dogs. I love the company and camaraderie of riding with friends but I am sick and tired of badly ridden horses.
I know that horses can be unpredictable blah, blah, blah but I also know that there are some behaviours that are rider derived and they really annoy me. The worst thing was I started snapping at my friend, when her horse was dawdling I kept telling her to Get Up Him! And then when he started running up our bum I was like, For gods sake can you stop running into us! At the end of the ride I was just frustrated and annoyed which is not how I like to be when I come home from a good days riding. I know I am such a nice friend (sarcasm). I think I will just ride on my own in the future.