In a lesson situation, do you prioritize the horse or the student when things “don’t go to plan”?
Susie (early teen) has been leasing saintly schoolie for 6 months and saintly schoolie is getting increasingly irritated with her lack of balance/dealthy-grip on their reins over jumps. Trainer has been trying multiple things (including putting Susie on different horse occasionally) but progress is slow.
Saintly schoolie is meanwhile fed up with the whole thing and proceeds to crow hop once after a crossrail. Susie falls off and unfortunately she breaks her arm.
Then Susie proceeds to tell everyone who will listen than she’s been “bucked off” by the bad pony (which means other parents approach trainer saying they don’t want their kid to ride the pony formerly known as a saintly schoolie as “he is dangerous” - but that’s another matter).
Now, for the sake of the horse, Susie probably should take a break from riding that particular horse when she gets back to lessoning until her skills have improved. [u]But[u], doesn’t that validate her as well? and how will she learn to ride through a problem if we take her off the Saintly Schoolie and move her to a different horse whenever issues pop up?
And how do you also make her (and the other lesson kids) realize that she is not riding Saintly Schoolie anymore not because he is “bad” but because she can’t ride him at this point?