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post #21 of 31 Old 01-15-2016, 10:05 PM
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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.
I really hope you've replaced your helmet.

Falls happen, but if you're actually scared of riding a particular horse, and you're having mishaps like this on the regular, in all honesty I'd be changing barns like yesterday. While it's important to know how to handle these sorts of situations (I've got one mare of my own who is a real hot head, missing a few screws really), I don't feel like these moments should happen frequently in lesson barns - especially with inexperienced riders. That's not okay IMHO.
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post #22 of 31 Old 01-15-2016, 10:11 PM Thread Starter
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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?
I don't own a horse, nor do I plan on buying one ever. You see, I don't have great ambitions for my riding as I'm an older begginer, I'm 40. I don't really see myself buying a horse or competing or anything of that sort. I am perfectly happy going for 3 lessons a week on a begginer-friendly horse. Zero ambition beyond that. I do understand where you are coming from and I have ridden quite a few different horses (about 50 or so) precisely because of the advice you are giving now. And I love riding new horses. It's just that the stuff I'm learning from these misbehaving beasties I don't really need to know, provided I can find a decent horse.

Btw, "Angel mare" is no angel. She naps like crazy and it took me a while to get her to stop doing it with me. For some reason, I love her to bits and her antics don't irritate me or frighten me.
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I don't own a horse, nor do I plan on buying one ever. You see, I don't have great ambitions for my riding as I'm an older begginer, I'm 40. I don't really see myself buying a horse or competing or anything of that sort. I am perfectly happy going for 3 lessons a week on a begginer-friendly horse. Zero ambition beyond that. I do understand where you are coming from and I have ridden quite a few different horses (about 50 or so) precisely because of the advice you are giving now. And I love riding new horses. It's just that the stuff I'm learning from these misbehaving beasties I don't really need to know, provided I can find a decent horse.

Btw, "Angel mare" is no angel. She naps like crazy and it took me a while to get her to stop doing it with me. For some reason, I love her to bits and her antics don't irritate me or frighten me.
Ahh sorry, confused you with another member! my bad =)

However, the rest still applies. And if you feel like you don't "need to know" how to handle a horse misbehaving, then I really don't know what to tell you. Misbehaving happens. With all horses. They will all have their moments and it is important to know how to handle those moments if and when they do arise. Even if you find yourself a "decent" horse that's absolutely no guarantee that that horse will never act up.
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I can totally sympathize with you. The problem is not truly the horses, the problem is your barn trying to pass them off as schooling horses. I was at a similar barn last year. That woman would put me on horses that would spook at the slightest thing, bite, buck, and rear. It's hard to focus and fix YOU when you have to worry about what the horse might do.

At my current barn, all potential lesson horses are put through a series of tests by my trainer and they are given 3 tries to show they are suitable. If they don't pass the tests, they are sent back or resold to a suitable buyer. She absolutely WILL NOT put one of her students on a horse with the potential to cut up unless they are an advanced rider that she knows can handle it.

I think what someone else mentioned in a lease is a great idea. I leased for several months before I found my horse and it really helped a lot.
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I have to agree with beverleyy , Even the best horses soundest/most bombproof /quietest WILL have a bad day and act up.There is no harm in knowing how to handle naughty horses and at some point in the future it will prove worth it. They are only animals , and we only human.
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Ahh sorry, confused you with another member! my bad =)

However, the rest still applies. And if you feel like you don't "need to know" how to handle a horse misbehaving, then I really don't know what to tell you. Misbehaving happens. With all horses. They will all have their moments and it is important to know how to handle those moments if and when they do arise. Even if you find yourself a "decent" horse that's absolutely no guarantee that that horse will never act up.
Oh, I do agree, I need to know how to handle a misbehaving horse for sure - and I do. I think I mis-spoke. What I meant to say is that I don't need to know how to spend 45 minutes preventing a known rearer from rearing - I have no business riding such horses at my age. Nor should I spend a half an hour preventing a known "swirler" or "swiley" from "swileying"
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Oh, I do agree, I need to know how to handle a misbehaving horse for sure - and I do. I think I mis-spoke. What I meant to say is that I don't need to know how to spend 45 minutes preventing a known rearer from rearing - I have no business riding such horses at my age. Nor should I spend a half an hour preventing a known "swirler" or "swiley" from "swileying"
Okay, I see now.

If that truly is the case, your instructor putting you on a known rearer or what-have-you, then that's really not a good instructor at all. I'm sure there is some other barn near you? If you post a general area (only if you're comfortable to!), I am sure somebody on here would be somewhat familiar with your area and be able to guide you in finding a suitable lesson barn. =)
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Okay, I see now.

If that truly is the case, your instructor putting you on a known rearer or what-have-you, then that's really not a good instructor at all. I'm sure there is some other barn near you? If you post a general area (only if you're comfortable to!), I am sure somebody on here would be somewhat familiar with your area and be able to guide you in finding a suitable lesson barn. =)
I'm in the Balkans, I don't think there is anybody around here. I will do another round of the riding schools and see if anything changed, there aren't that many at all. Thank you for your input, I do appreciate it.
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I don't own a horse, nor do I plan on buying one ever. You see, I don't have great ambitions for my riding as I'm an older begginer, I'm 40. I don't really see myself buying a horse or competing or anything of that sort. I am perfectly happy going for 3 lessons a week on a begginer-friendly horse. Zero ambition beyond that. I do understand where you are coming from and I have ridden quite a few different horses (about 50 or so) precisely because of the advice you are giving now. And I love riding new horses. It's just that the stuff I'm learning from these misbehaving beasties I don't really need to know, provided I can find a decent horse.

Btw, "Angel mare" is no angel. She naps like crazy and it took me a while to get her to stop doing it with me. For some reason, I love her to bits and her antics don't irritate me or frighten me.

this changes things a bit! i would look into a half lease! you could ride 3 days a week, the same horse without any question because its "yours". obviously no horse is perfect and will act up, and you do understand that which is good. but its very annoying to try to stop or prevent a horse from doing something your whole lesson. you should be working on things for you too, not just the horse. and when its an issue like rearing..i really question why the trainer is putting her students on a horse like that. thats good that you kind of connect with "angel mare". maybe just lease something else until you can start riding her again? or could you talk to your trainer about which horses you ride or which horses you feel a little more comfortable on and only ride them? riding should be something you enjoy, not something to cause injury or stress or fighting with the horse the whole time, especially when its in a lesson, the horse is supposed to be "perfect" and teach you.
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I think in my moaning I came across as if I expect a perfect push button horse. I have to apologize to all the lovely people reading and commenting. I really don't. I don't mind a "normal" amount of spooking, napping, running away with me and not stopping for 5 laps around the school, occasional mild bucking and so forth.
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