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Published on Mar 6, 2008
I shot this video after the head of a college program told me my horse was nuts and refused to ride him. Unrideable, I tell you! (Ha.)
(Note: if anyone recognizes the facility, that is not the place that told me he was nuts.)
Excerpts from The Email: "...although he is a very kind horse, his training does not reflect what we teach at Wilson -- balanced seat with an emphasis on dressage. We were planning on using him in our upper intermediate and advanced lessons, but our instructors felt that his head-tossing would be such a distraction that the students would not be able to concentrate on the appropriate use of their seat.
When we took Ben, we took him with the understanding that he would be useful for our upper intermediate and advanced students. No one explained that he tossed his head consistently and was very tense in his back when ridden. The people you referred me to before we took Ben explained that he could be tense and there was some concern about his usefulness, but the video sent showed a very tense rider on him. The people I talked to in Delaware thought that he would be okay with a quiet rider and good fitting tack. We tried everything we could to make things work for Ben..." etc.
Gee, how did I even stay ON?
Note: I don't own this horse anymore. I gave him to a friend of mine for a permanent home; she loves him more than anything and they are blissfully happy together. She had never ridden him before he arrived at her place, and, unlike the idiots who call themselves professionals above, she could ride him just fine! ;)
EDIT: Because people (Wilson students?) are now spamming the video explaining to me how NO HE LOOKS DIFFICULT, FLIGHTY AND UNCOMFORTABLE, feel free to check out his videos from his new life after his brief stint at Wilson. They are under his new owner's account, and her user name is msjessicadc. No really, check them out. Yeah, he looks really uncomfortable and hard to ride... What on EARTH gave me the hair-brained idea that SUCH A HORSE could POSSIBLY be useful in a collegiate program?!! I must be nuts too!