The majority of our up-coming young riders think like children on fair ponies and not trainers on animals bred for performance. They should strive to better themselves and their horses, not solely the size of the jump they can manage.
Our grade school, and the majority of our teenage riders, focus on simple accomplishments, not the overall goal.
Riding is about how you ride in between the fences, what you do over the obstacle is of much less importance.
They need to know how their and their partner’s body works. The horse is a complicated, yet simple creature. Teach him how to use his body, how to stretch and be supple, not just ride in false roundness. Our uneducated young riders think dressage is having a horse’s head “on the vertical” when they don’t even know where or what the vertical is. (Let alone what poll flexion stems from)
Teach our naive generation, and the those after us, to train the horse, not just ride it.
(Thoughts and conclusions from what I have seen)
I’m sorry, but this is probably the CUTEST thing that happened all day. Wow, I remember when I was that tiny and had horse troubles. She was a doll, and quite a trooper! This little girl is going to be a fantastic rider one day because, despite some mishaps and mischief on the pony’s part, she stayed on!
This lesson kid told her mom (pictured proudly snapping shots with her phone in the background) all she wanted for her birthday was to go to her first show and ride Peter. Trainer (also pictured in the background) pulled strings to make it happen, aka got me to spend my spring break tuning Peter up and brought me to the show to school him beforehand. It was all worth it when Peter perfectly packed the birthday girl around, earning them 3rd place in the elementary division!
Pokemon ideas: Trainer/Rancher grooming a Tauros, Mismagius tutoring a young witch, Dog Show contestant with a Growlithe or Houndour, Mr Mime helping old ladies at the supermarket, gardener with many Budew following behind
Here’s some of your suggestions! The witch one was fun to make, tho drawing mismagius gave me a mild headache haha
Take this damn bit, or I will beat you up and down this aisle, horse, I swear to every equine god I know that if you don’t open your mouth this instant I will sell you on eBay, and I will not hesitate to - Oh, good pony! Ooo, best pony ever! Yes, yes, I love you, good pony! Eeee!
Things my trainer hears when she walks in to the barn