Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Central Hill Country Texas
The first few times my daughter rode her green horse out, my husband walked with her. We kept the rope halter on under the bridle, he held the lead rope but very loosely. Then the next few times, the lead end was tied off on the saddle and he walked like he was leading the horse, ready to grab it if an issue should arise. Then we ponied, then she had complete control.
That process gave my daughter the confidence in both herself and her horse to eventually ride out without help. This way she got a chance to see what made him nervous and how he reacted to the situations and any necessary "corrections" as well as things that still needed more work in the arena, but knew that if things really got out of hand, she had some backup from the ground which he was very well schooled to respond to.
“You spend your whole life with horses and just about the time you think you have them figured out, a horse comes along that tells you otherwise.” –quote from my very wizened trainer