I don't know if I'm looking for advice or what - maybe just to share my experience and see if anyone relates, or so it's not all just stuck in my head!
So, I got very lucky this year and am finally a horse owner again! I've had many horses before (fairly experienced junior recently turned adult ammy here), however, this is my first time owning a green horse - 4y/o WB gelding, imported a few months back by my trainer. I've had him a few weeks now. I wasn't originally looking for a horse this young, but he stole my heart. He can get around small courses with ease, is extremely forgiving and honest for his age, figures things out quick, and though he's got some minor quirks, he's a blast to ride.
But I find myself more and more worried all the time about 'ruining' him. He's in full training with my trainer, of course, and my trainer is usually around to see me ride even outside of lessons, but I can't shake the feeling of something going wrong!!! Or is this just on the minds of all green horse owners?? I know I'm no top rider, so there's always the 'am I not riding well enough for him?' or 'am I accidentally teaching a bad habit and don't even know it?' fear. I find myself fussing over the tiniest things about his wellbeing. And I have been insistent on not pushing him hard since he's still growing, yet I'm still always imagining worst-case scenarios of 'what if he goes lame for some reason? what if he's in pain and we never notice the signs? '' etc, and etc.
I'm probably biased, but I think my boy has a lot of potential to be a successful guy one day IF we can help him reach that. Maybe that's the scary part, potential not being guaranteed and a million other factors that go into it!!!
Anyone else ever feel green-horse-stress like this?? Or even just share stories of your sweet baby greenies, make me feel better
Happy New Year!!