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post #11 of 31 Old 01-15-2016, 09:10 PM
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I think that's the whole problem.
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post #12 of 31 Old 01-15-2016, 09:13 PM
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They are not all like that. I agree a new barn may be in order!
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post #13 of 31 Old 01-15-2016, 09:22 PM
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my first suggestion was going to be switching barns, but since you have already said that that is not an option.. what about half leasing a horse? it would probably be a little more expensive then your lessons, but you would be able to ride up to three times a week. and you would get to choose the horse and continue "keeping"/riding that horse for as long as the agreement is - typically up to a year, then can be renewed if you wish.

another suggestion, even if its not an official half lease, see if there is someone at your barn thats busy with school, work, kids, ect. and maybe you could ride there horse in lessons. i had an arrangement with this woman who was very busy with work and having three small children so she could only get to the barn up to twice a week, so she asked me to ride her horse up to 5 days a week. i would lesson on him one day and just ride him the other 2-4 days. i would pay for my lesson, but other then that she didnt charge me anything. you could always ask your trainer or even barn friends if they know of anyone willing to do that, even just allowing you to ride there horse in the lesson.

just search for other options! there always out there! even a horse that isnt used a lot that belongs to the trainer or barn owner. right now im riding one horse in lessons, three for boarders, one for the barn owner, and am also currently excersizing/working with two others (the one is very green so i cant ride him and the other is injured). people are always willing to help you out if you show them your experienced and interested! and it never hurts to just ask!
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my first suggestion was going to be switching barns, but since you have already said that that is not an option.. what about half leasing a horse? it would probably be a little more expensive then your lessons, but you would be able to ride up to three times a week. and you would get to choose the horse and continue "keeping"/riding that horse for as long as the agreement is - typically up to a year, then can be renewed if you wish.

another suggestion, even if its not an official half lease, see if there is someone at your barn thats busy with school, work, kids, ect. and maybe you could ride there horse in lessons. i had an arrangement with this woman who was very busy with work and having three small children so she could only get to the barn up to twice a week, so she asked me to ride her horse up to 5 days a week. i would lesson on him one day and just ride him the other 2-4 days. i would pay for my lesson, but other then that she didnt charge me anything. you could always ask your trainer or even barn friends if they know of anyone willing to do that, even just allowing you to ride there horse in the lesson.

just search for other options! there always out there! even a horse that isnt used a lot that belongs to the trainer or barn owner. right now im riding one horse in lessons, three for boarders, one for the barn owner, and am also currently excersizing/working with two others (the one is very green so i cant ride him and the other is injured). people are always willing to help you out if you show them your experienced and interested! and it never hurts to just ask!
To be quite honest, I don't think my riding is good enough. I'm scared that I would spoil someone's horse and I just couldn't live with that. 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
The "better horse" is on maternity leave. That's why I'm riding these other monkeys. I point blank told my instructor a year ago that I will stop riding if she puts me on anything other than the angel mare and she agreed to let me ride only her. I sound like a horrible person in this thread, maybe I should quit venting on you, poor forum people :)
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To be quite honest, I don't think my riding is good enough. I'm scared that I would spoil someone's horse and I just couldn't live with that. Thank you for the suggestion.

not even to half lease? also, if one of the boarders horses is more of a beginners horse, im sure they will be fine. when i first started riding for someone else, i had only cantered a hand full of times. the horse was a saint and helped me learn. also, of you are only going to be riding the horse once a week in a lesson, and the owner or someone else will be riding it every day besides that, there is no way you could ruin the horse. especially because you will be under your trainers instructions. i would just ask and give it a try! the worst someone could say is no, or that they dont know of/have any horses you could ride. and if someone doesnt like you riding there horse anymore, its there horse - they can tell you or your trainer that they dont want you riding it anymore. i think its something you should take into consideration, and it never hurts to ask!
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Hope you find another horse to ride that is calm and quite. Keep searching, you may luck out and find one. If you decide to try a half lease, let the owner know you are a beginner, they may not have a problem with you being a beginner.
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The "better horse" is on maternity leave. That's why I'm riding these other monkeys. I point blank told my instructor a year ago that I will stop riding if she puts me on anything other than the angel mare and she agreed to let me ride only her. I sound like a horrible person in this thread, maybe I should quit venting on you, poor forum people :)
Well... I am going to go against my previous reply and say this: if you only ride one horse, a horse who's "an angel", your riding won't (can't) get any better. Not to say that you should be on a bucking monster of a horse, but after 3 years of regular riding, you should IMHO be able to handle a horse that isn't "an angel". Horses all have their moments, and their bad days, just like people. No horse is perfect 100% of the time. If you don't ride other horses, you cannot possibly become a better rider. Sure, you can be a decent rider, but you won't be able to ride that angel of a horse forever, so yes, after 3 years of riding you really should be on other horses.

IMHO, a GOOD instructor will put you on many horses. They will push you. Lesson horses should be safe, however they cannot all be dead to the world or "angels" either. You do need to advance at some point, and honestly, if I were your instructor I'd say no more "angel" horse (unless you truly need a dead broke/dead to the world babysitter horse like that).

And, I really don't mean this to be rude at all, but if you're only willing to ride one horse ...when will you ever ride the horse that you own? Not sure how long you've owned yours for, or the exact reason you won't ride it, but if you truly don't think you are a good enough rider, then there's a bigger issue here. Is the horse you own too much horse for you?
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not even to half lease? also, if one of the boarders horses is more of a beginners horse, im sure they will be fine. when i first started riding for someone else, i had only cantered a hand full of times. the horse was a saint and helped me learn. also, of you are only going to be riding the horse once a week in a lesson, and the owner or someone else will be riding it every day besides that, there is no way you could ruin the horse. especially because you will be under your trainers instructions. i would just ask and give it a try! the worst someone could say is no, or that they dont know of/have any horses you could ride. and if someone doesnt like you riding there horse anymore, its there horse - they can tell you or your trainer that they dont want you riding it anymore. i think its something you should take into consideration, and it never hurts to ask!
I will keep an eye out, you never know. Thank you for the idea.

I have to say, I have ridden school horses with only minor vices even though it's ridden by begginers so maybe a horse isn't spoiled so easily as I imagine it.
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I've been there my friend, I've been there. I've only ridden for two years though. There is this horse I am super scared of. She also has a need for speed. Throwing herself at three foot jumps, spooking at invisible alien nations, the whole enchilada. My teacher likes to force me to ride her because apparently my paralyzingly fear is an obstacle I must over come. I think you should ask for a better horse or just change stables. Maybe ask for some say in your lessons. You are probably paying a lot, that gives you some power. And in this mess look on the bright side. You now can name that weird move your horse did. I suggest swuck, or swile. I don't know where the "ile" came from but it rhymes with smile and that makes me happy:) I am in a similar place. Two lessons ago I think I was thrown into the wall and hit my head, dont remember. It happened fast and it hurt. My teacher denies it happens but people who were nearby said they heard something hit the wall. My head was spinning so I think it was my head. No concussion so I was happy.
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