Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Australia, Queensland
I dont know what to believe
So my mare smarty, I bought her as a beginner horse. Now I have some people saying shes a good honest horse and good for me just needs a bit of work, then I have other people who say shes not a beginners horse.
So how am I going with riding?
I cant ride her anywhere other then the roundyard because she spooks at everything that moves and everything that doesn't.
She pigroots when out of work and today kicked out at me because I hadn't lunged her for maybe a month (understandable the ground was slippery but still no excuse) didn't have whip with me so she got away with it.
She is perfect on the ground, I can float, wash, brush do anything really with her on the ground, She is perfect to lunge in the big round yard, all I have to do is use the verbal signals I taught her and she changes transitions.
I took her to the show the other week and only things she did wrong was 1- spooked at plastic bag, 2- didn't want to slow down (but that's a new environment so you have to be understanding towards that in some levels)
She hasn't pigrooted for a while now, though I haven't cantered on her in some time.
My friend has ridden her quite a few times and believes shes right for me, she rode her at the show for me and said she was pleased how there were rides galloping passed and my mare was happy to just plod contently around.
So I'm honestly thinking it might be me. It might be because I'm so nervous that she spooks so much. I just don't know what to do. I'm not selling her and finding a quitter horse. If I sell Smarty I will not be returning to horses. I thought maybe I could get some lessons on another quieter horse, build my confidence up on it..
And I'm currently between trainers atm as our trainer just left the aggistment. We were making progress with her but she wont be able to train us any longer which is very disappointing..
Horseriding- The art of keeping a horse between you and the ground.