Funny story here - when my husband and I were first going together, he couldn't wait to spend time with me at any opportunity - (we both worked full time, and I was going to college) Anyway, on a day I was off work, I had a biology exam, and decided afterwards I'd treat myself to an hour trail ride @ the local State Park....he called and asked if I had plans that day, and he really wanted to see me. I said, "I sure do! I'm going trail riding after my exam!" Here's where true love comes in.... "Do you mind if I meet you there? I suppose I could trail ride". "Sure! I'll be there at 1:00!" It was on that day I learned he is deathly afraid of being on/or close to a horse other than with a gate between - because he was a 'first timer', we had to do the whole hour at only a walk. The funny part was when I looked behind me for the 100th time to check on him, he had just let his horse walk right into some bushes off of the trail! He was literally sitting on a horse in a thick stand of bushes, and didn't have the faintest idea of how to maneuver 3 ft back to the trail!! It was hilarious!! I didn't laugh, nor was I embarrassed, but let's just say I later found that he was petrified the whole time, but wanted to see me that bad! He's never been on a horse since, but since then, we've become blissfully wed, and he's thrilled that I have my horses. He enjoys giving them carrots from the other side of the gate, and we live "Happily Ever After" :)
That is so sweet! I finally convinced my boyfriend to come ride with me for the first time in over two years this weekend. The last time he was on a horse he was about 8, and his account of the story was "The horse got scared, took off, and tried to jump the pasture fence and I fell". When I inquired to his mother the actual story goes "He had learned some basic riding at camp, like how to steer, post the trot, etc. This was my extremely well trained push button horse and while trotting along he accidentally kicked him into canter. The horse calmly cantered up to the 3' fence, and he fell off halfway into the jump". Gotta love different accounts of the same story, but either way his last horse riding experience was over 10 years ago and not-so-pleasant.
My boyfriend was going to ride my horse, and I was riding another boarder's horse. We went to get him out of the pasture and the little twit threw a small buck, ran around the paddock once, and came right back to us. He said "THAT'S why I don't like horses. They do stuff like that and it's DANGEROUS!". I finally got him on my horse and he was scared that if he pulled back on the reins that he'd pull the horse over on top of him!! My horse took a couple of steps, and he freaked out thinking that the horse was going to bolt with him and try to hop the 4-5' arena fence. They got used to each other and walked calmly around the arena for the entire ride- even "jumping" a few ground poles at the walk
Meanwhile, the horse I was riding was a complete twit, lol.