For starters I rode for 8 years as a child, took a break for school and picked it up again as a adult. I love the barn I’m at and the horse I lease is the best!! I’ve met many new friends including the person in the post. Let’s call her D.
D is a really nice person who loves to ride! The problem is she isn’t very good. She has taken very few lessons and decided to lease. I see her use overly aggressive tactics (not abusive but like kicking REALLY hard, and slapping with the reins) when the horse doesn’t do what she wants. In my opinion she gives mixed signals and the horse is just confused. In her riding she will sometimes slam down on the horses back and run them A LOT. When helping with other horses at the barn she will frequently tack them incorrectly.
Now I am by no means the greatest rider and still have a lot to learn but I would rank myself at intermediate. When I try and suggest things like just taking a walking lap around the arena if she gets frustrated instead of just beating the horse or jerking it’s head around she doesn’t really listen. Like I said she is a very nice person who loves riding and being with horses. I want to help her before a horse gets tired of her shenanigans and really hurts her.
so please help me help a fellow rider.