Hi! Last december I bought this beautiful gypsy vanner mare, which is trained for western pleasure.
I'd known this mare for 6 years, and had been wanting her for just as long.
But I don't know anything about the western style or.. yeah, anything. I've been riding for 18 years, mostly just as a hobby and under some instruction.
My mare is very sensible, sensetive and well trained. If I do anything wrong, she gets all confused, both when in the saddle and on the ground.
A little feeling in my tummy has started to whisper that I may have bought the wrong horse. But we're a perfect match in every other way. She's been almost everywhere in Norway, sold time after time, at least eight times in only three years. And every previous owner I've talked have said she's a stubborn and dangerous horse. I've seen nothing about her that reminds me about a stubborn and dangerous horse... (Except when we're outside the course; she suddenly can turn around and try to run home, but its no problem to stop her).
Okay, enough of my frustrations and to the problem.
Since I've only been riding english for 18 years, and never ever have been instructed by a western trainer, I have no idea how to ride her like she wants to be ridden(?), which is western. I know its hard to learn by reading something someone else has written, but its my only hope. There is no western trainers here where I live (all the way up north in Norway, next to the russian border), and if I am to get instruction from a trainer from here, my only choice is english.
Please don't chop of my head for buying a horse I can't ride. I've been wanting to learn western for many, many years. And since I finally got the chance to buy her, I did, even if I can't ride her properly... But I sooo want to learn!
I feel so stupid when Troya and I goes out to train, and it look like we're just fooling around. Many people here know what great horse she is, and I know alot of people think it's a waste that I bought her, since I (at the moment) can't get anything out of her potential...
Is there anyone here who can give us "lessons", or give me tips on how to and what to do? Treat me like I've never been on a horse before
I feel really stupid to ask, for some reason. But I have no other choice, and I seriously don't wanna sell her...
English is not my first language, so I'm sorry if there is typo here