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post #1 of 36 Old 03-20-2013, 03:56 PM Thread Starter
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Lesson canceled...

My son was to have his first lesson at the new barn today. I got a text from the instructor "It is too windy for lessons today. The horses may shy at noises." We have 10mph winds today. There's not enough of a breeze to keep the flags up. Really lady??? I am not a happy Momma right now.

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post #2 of 36 Old 03-20-2013, 03:59 PM
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Sounds like your trainer is smart, horses are prey animals so even ifitsnot to windy if the wind knocked something over creating a loud sudden sound or a big gust came up behind them it could easily startle the horse, if your son was more experienced and able to control and stay relaxed with the horse I bet she might now have canceled.

Yes it's a bummer but having a fall off a horse in the first lesson is way more of a bummer for everyone invloved, sounds like sheis just taking safety precautions.
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His lessons are inside. If it was outside, I could understand

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post #4 of 36 Old 03-20-2013, 04:02 PM
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The instructor did the right thing. It was your son's first lesson. She wants your son to enjoy the lesson and gain something from it. If the horse spooks your son may not want to ride again. You may not be happy about the cancelation, but how would you have felt if something did happen during the lesson and your son ended up hurt?

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His lessons are inside. If it was outside, I could understand

Inside can be just as dangerous. I've been inside of indoors where the doors and windows bang on the building. Something can fly by the entrance, you never know.

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post #6 of 36 Old 03-20-2013, 04:05 PM
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I find indoor arenas ton worse with wind cause they can't see what's making the noise and things echo!

You really want the first time to be a very positive experience and fun :)

Hopefully the wind dies down soon! ;)
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post #7 of 36 Old 03-20-2013, 04:06 PM
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New riders are usually nervous. Any sort of wind gets horses just that little bit on edge.

I would side with the instructor on this one.

I think wind is worse when you are inside, because everything howls and rustles. Outside you can at least see where the noises are coming from.
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post #8 of 36 Old 03-20-2013, 04:07 PM
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I LOVE to ride on windy days because the horses are so full of P&V. But I've been riding all my life. Horses, even if they're inside, get high on windy days. They can be a real handful, even old Steady Eddy can become quite an a$$ on a windy day.
I'd be very grateful that the instructor cancelled rather than took a chance on scaring your kid to death on his first ride. And just because the wind is 10 MPH at YOUR house, doesn't mean that where the barn is, it isn't gusting and being very windy.

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post #9 of 36 Old 03-20-2013, 04:13 PM
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I have to side with everyone else. This instructor is just looking out for your son. Sure someone who knows what they are doing will do just fine but for a kid with no experience a fall or even simply a horse jumping sideways can scare them out of riding.

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post #10 of 36 Old 03-20-2013, 04:15 PM Thread Starter
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It's not his very first lesson, he's been doing lessons for 6 months. Just his first full lesson at this barn. The barn is only 10 minutes from my work & there wasn't enough of a breeze to keep the flags up.

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