I may have an obsession with following the various horse sales pages out there. I regularly scroll through Kijiji. Lately I've discovered the world of Facebook sales pages. There are oodles of them. I belong to around ten. I know. I have a problem.
Lately I've noticed a few trends that leave me feeling baffled. I wonder why is this the new norm?
Why in Gawd's name is every horse with a kid on it a kid's horse??? Back in the day true kids horses were truly rare. Now you see the three year old colt who's been rode by an eight year old marketed as a great kids horse. WTF? I know there are exceptional horses out there with great minds but a baby rarely makes a good child's horse. Why? Because both the kid and the horse lack experience and can do unpredictable things. Generally a recipe for disaster.
I grew up and learned to ride in the school of hard knocks. I got bucked off on a regular basis. While I did develop as a rider, I also recognize that if I didn't have such a deep love I would have quit. I am left now as a middle aged adult with a body that is loaded with aches and pains. It is quite literally falling apart. Why? Because the years of abuse my body took in my learning to ride phase has left some long term issues. For this reason I would never put a child of mine on anything that wasn't sane, safe and broke to death.
WFT is up with all the people standing on their horses backs? When did this become the thing to do? Why? I don't get it. Just because you can, doesn't mean you should. I know I could do this on my horse, but why would I? It's just plain weird to me. I've heard the argument that it shows trust. Anytime a horse let's you on it's back it's showing you trust... The weirdest thing to me is that adults are also doing this. Not just kids!! So strange.
If anyone out there can shed some light on my questions, I'd love to hear from you.