Originally Posted by trailhorserider View Post
While I'm sure there is a lot of truth to this, I kind of find the whole thing a bit snobbish and negative. Like the author is on on his or her "high horse."
A person has to start somewhere. And this attitude will just discourage people from getting into horses.
I wasn't born into wealth OR horses. But I love them dearly. I'm glad someone sold me my first horse and wasn't so negative. I kept that horse until he died too.
I'm sure I made mistakes. Nobody is perfect. But I think I did right by the horse and he did right by me.
Anyone who has been around horses and says they haven't made mistakes has classed 'being around them' as looking at them across a field or is a liar.
I think the article was very well written and it does say that there are exceptions where it does work out.
I would discourage anyone who hasn't had several years riding and handling, from getting their own horse and keeping it somewhere that they are not going to have help to hand for both handling and riding.
I had a good example of this just before I retired, a woman who had owned two or three horses wanted to come as a DIY livery. People at the place she had been keeping her horse were sad she was leaving as she was the most experienced there.
Well, her horse was ignorant of manners, barged and shoved, she was frightened to ride him out as he had messed around with her. If she was the most experienced then I dread to think what the others were like.
There was nothing wrong with her horse other than he had got away with his ill manners. Once shown how to deal with him and to toughen up a lot, the owner was able to take a great deal of pleasure from the animal.
The horse was a danger to people and himself. He thought nothing of flattening people and once got away from the owner and galloped off down a busy twisty road. No fun for horse or owner. She had put up with it for three or four years before having the advice on how to stop it.