Wheeeeelllll offfff Missfffortuuuune!
We’re going to begin this post with a video! Enjoy! We sure did…
WARNING: Please, make sure you have firm control over wanting to claw your eyes out because, after all, it’s all fun and games until someone loses one.
Anyone else abjectly horrified by what you saw? Between the yanking and jerking hands and the flurry of kicking legs it’s a wonder the horse didn’t do more than that one little rear. I don’t know about you but my personal favorite is that when she gets the horse going forward in a trot and all but locks her elbows, arms straight down right in front of her, hands unyielding. It looks super attractive and is obviously effective in communicating with the horse. You can tell this by the super happy expression on the horse’s face and the happy, free-flowing way in which is moves forward at the trot into the riders supple, supportive contact.
What? No? My bad, must be mistaken – still suffering from a post-Halloween hangover apparently. Ooooh that’s right – I’m talking about how it should be!!!
Here’s the thing, yanking and kicking may have their place, occasionally, when used after asking politely hasn’t yielded the desired result from a horse that has been properly trained and is clearly ignoring the aids. Call it a hunch but I doubt that horse is a schoolmaster and I don’t recall seeing that girl ask for anything.
I know this is just a young kid in the video but I don’t feel that excuses hard hands and certainly she had no business being on a horse like that. I prefer to think of beginners as more of a blank canvas – any bad habits they develop or incorrect riding postures are the result of bad instruction. So, with that in mind, get the F*@K off that horse, get on a school horse and go learn how to ride properly!
Have you ever watched the TV game show Wheel of Fortune? You know in the bonus round when the person has to solve the puzzle and are provided the letters R S T L N E (I really wish I didn’t remember that, I swear I’m under 30!) – please solve the following puzzle!
_ _ _ – T_E – _ELL – LET – _ER – _N – T_ _T – _ _RSE?!
(words separated by “-” to make it more obvious)