Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Western Massachusetts
My poor boy!
We used Gaylen to take a family on a trail ride today. The mother had ridden before, but the dad and son had only ridden once on a corporate trail ride, (think nose to tail rides). So we put the son on Scout, a 20 year old morgan/QH cross, the mom on Brady, a 4 year old German Warmblood (he is amazing for being so young) and the dad on my boy Gaylen, a 16 year old Appy. If anyone would have problems it would have been Brady, but he is usually good so we weren't worried.
So we set them out on their ride, the BO and one of the trainers went, I stayed back to do chores. They come back an hour and half later and the dad is spitting mad. The BO helps him dismount and he practically throws the reins to me and says, "Your horse is terrible! He needs more training." I was taken aback, I mean we put beginners and small children on him ALL the time with no issues. I asked him what the problem was and he showed me his expensive penny loafers and how they were "Scuffed" because my demon horse rubs his leg against a tree. I just apologized, I didn't know what else to say.
After they left the BO looks at me and says, "Poor Gaylen, that man was nuts. He kept cursing at Gaylen because he wouldn't 'walk straight'. And then started screaming when he brushed him against a tree."
Now Gaylen would never intentionally hurt someone, he just doesn't understand that he gets taller and wider with a rider. But it was the mans job to steer him, not let him do whatever he wanted. And as far as walking straight, he was just avoiding rocks and overly muddy patches.
He wasn't bad, and that man treated him awful. Poor Gaylen was confused at what he did wrong. That man was just lucky he was on Gaylen, because most horses would have spooked if he started screaming like he did. It just really irked me.