Lesson horse guilt
So, I feel guilty about lesson horses. I feel terrible for subjecting them to endless hours of me bumping along on their backs while I try to learn to sit the trot or canter, giving them inconsistent signals with various parts of my body, pulling on their mouths, just generally making them uncomfortable. I *know* am not that great of a rider.
Having said that, the two lesson horses I ride, I try to treat with as much kindness as possible. I give them (addictive) cookies, and when Iím grooming and tacking up I find the best hay at the barn and give that to them to eat. I tack them up soooooo slowly and gently. I give them scratches when I see them, if they want. Both of these horses choose to come up to me in the pasture, sometimes chasing other horses away to do so, so they must not hate me. But sometimes I feel so guilty about what I subject them to that I donít even want to learn anything new. Sometimes I donít even want to ride them Ė I ask to ride one of my horses, who are not that well trained, so I spend more time trying to keep them under control than actually learning anything.
There are two responses Iím looking for here:
(1) Donít worry, they can handle it, OR
(2) Here are some more things you can do to make their lives better.
Thanks for any thoughts.
Last edited by ACinATX; 01-17-2019 at 01:50 PM.