What do you suggest lesson-wise for myself on young horse?
Oh wise COTHers, what do you suggest?
Rory (3.5 yo WB) is back from the trainer and is w/t/c, whoa, gets his leads and sidepasses... but isn't always aware of the fact that he has FOUR (yes FOUR) legs. He still needs to be lunged for about 15-20 minutes before I get on or he is a dingbat. Trainer said he takes about 15 minutes for his brain to warm up, I tried to wean him off the lungeing and I paid for it with two increasingly bad rides and some impressive spooks. The last straw was the 40'-sideways-and-over-the-mounting-block spook. I stayed on (yay me!) and he stopped with very little effort on my part (yay him!). Last two rides we lunged 15ish minutes and he was a super star. Bless him but he's also lazy and if you stop riding, he stops going.
And me? I need lessons. I am a nervous nelly; I'm technically a good rider, but I've had some really, really bad falls and a string of really untrustworthy horses. But I can suck it up.
My lesson options nearby are limited. A couple eventing trainers and a dressage barn. What do you suggest for a young horse and a clutchy rider? One or another or both?
This was our last ride, towards the end, so he was tiiiired. I told my friend to break the video up in two min segments, but she just kept going and she was doing me a favor...so, sorry it's so long, nothing interesting happens at the end, you don't have to watch the whole thing. He actually does trot about a minute into it, I didn't know until I saw the video that he was jogging along. It felt like a trot at the time, but like I said, he's lazy and I'm nervous, so the jog was mutually comfortable :lol:. I know we have a LOT to work on, so please be kind.