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post #1 of 31 Old 01-15-2016, 07:49 PM Thread Starter
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School horses - I am sick and tired of them

I just need some words of encouragement because I am getting seriously disillusioned with riding. I've started riding three years ago and today I just had enough.

The blasted thing just can't handle not being first and I know that. So I spent a half an hour half-halting and holding him back - very unpleasant. Eventually, my concentration lapsed for a split second and the stupid thing put his head down, dropped one shoulder and went for a mad buck-sideways-gallop-head-between-legs thing, I don't think there is even a word for what he does.

And every single school horse I have access to has some sort of dangerous or irritating vice, bucking, rearing, reversing into other horses to kick them, dead to the leg...Ugh! I am utterly sick of riding at the moment. I dread every lesson and even if nothing happens (which is rare) I go home grumpy and irritable from all the tension.

And my favourite mare, an angel, is off for a year to have her foal. I am seriously thinking of just chucking it until she comes back.

No questions, just moaning - thank you for listening :)
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Is it possible at all to find another barn? These dont sound like very good school horses. A good school horse should aid in building confidence not destroying it.
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Sounds like you need to find a better place to ride, but I'll be darned if you won't be able to stick to anything with hair on it after riding all these horses!

I do get the desire for just once wanting an uncomplicated and enjoyable ride, though. If every ride is an argument and an explosion waiting to happen, why are you still there? If you're frustrated and angry all the time, then maybe it's time to take a look at what your goals are, and if your frustration and anger is also leaking over to your mount. It has the potential to become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

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Riding is supposed to fun, but if you're dreading it, why spend the money? Some riders like the challenge or just like riding no matter what kind bad behavior a horse pulls on them, they get satisfaction from correcting this and the horse gets better. However, some people don't, they just want a pleasant ride and an obedient horse. If I were you, I would be looking for a different place that has nicer school horses to ride to keep building your riding skills.
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Is it possible at all to find another barn? These dont sound like very good school horses. A good school horse should aid in building confidence not destroying it.
Unfortunately, I live in a non- horsey country. I tried most riding schools and they are all similar. The equestrian culture is just not there. But thank you for the suggestion.
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Can you tell your instructor or barn owner that sort've behavior makes you REALLY nervous (whether it does or not) , and see if you can get a better horse? I run into similar problems since all the "good" safe horses are overworked. I get put on the problem ones/sassy ponies. Most the time I'm okay , sometimes i just feel like not fighting with a bratty horse though. However makes me appreciate my own horses when I get home. lol
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That "blasted, stupid thing" probably hates the rides more than you do & he doesn't have a choice.
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Just to clarify, I love riding and I've spent the last two years on well behaved horses (abroad and I rode the above mentioned angel mare when home). It's bliss and I don't want to give up. But I need to find a suitable horse. Just one would do. I think I'm going to do another round of the riding schools and ask them to ride every single horse they have until I find him.

Ugh, I could have stomped that little s... into the ground, I got so angry. Which does not help at all.
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That "blasted, stupid thing" probably hates the rides more than you do & he doesn't have a choice.
Oh, I'm quite sure he does. And that makes it doubly unpleasant.
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^ yes to the above. A school horse (especially for a rider of only ~3 years) should never threaten a buck or what-have-you. That isn't a proper school horse IMHO, it's either a seriously burnt out sour horse from overuse, or a ill trained/possibly too advanced for the student's it's being used for. When horse's are consistently like that in a school string, something is wrong, and I'd be looking at the BO/instructor as to the cause. Move along ;)
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