Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Taranaki New Zealand.
Yes, I love my friend which is why I have been putting up with this for going on two years now. But unfortunately there is a cumulative effect happening. I don't mind her horse lagging behind me, the only difficulty is trying to have a conversation. The thing is that now my horse is so conditioned to her horse thundering into her from behind that now when she hears him trotting to catch up she immediately spins and spooks because she thinks he is going to hit her. I do try to put her in the front of us but of course going one direction his walk is so slow that I am riding Phoenix's mouth to keep her behind him and then, going the other way although there is all this jigging and frothing and leaping the **** horse still isn't really going any faster because he spends so much time dancing on one spot so I am STILL hanging on to Phoenix's mouth.
Please believe me when I say a horse doesn't have to be perfect to measure up to a ride with me. I just want to be able to enjoy my ride as much as she does, my friend loves to jump and she and her beast charge off to jump every jump-able log we come across and I love that she does that and love to watch her. I don't think I am a total killjoy I just want to feel like my space is being respected and to feel safe. Please also bear in mind that her horse is coming up 14, he has hunted, evented and trekked for many years. My horse is rising 6 and hasn't been ridden for three solid years yet. Mine is the green horse, hers is the one that we should be leaning on.
Last edited by kiwigirl; 01-19-2011 at 07:09 PM.