Oh boy…where do I start?
Horse lovers (as I can’t call them all true horsemen or women) can be very delusional.
I used to teach riding lessons. WHY do people feel the need to exaggerate their experience? Of course after years of hearing “I have ridden all my life” (as they walk around to the off side to mount and hold the reins upside down) we start to get a very keen sixth sense about who is telling the truth and who is not…
I get it, you want the faster horse, the prettier horse…you don’t want the safe, older (and maybe Fugly) plodder you are actually capable of riding. Problem is you are not going to have a good time or learn jack-shit if I believe your wild stories of expert horsemanship and put you on the well trained but forward OTTB we have kicking around the stables. He will scare you, you will clutch his mouth, he will speed up and scare you more. Your lesson will be a waste of time (both of ours) and money (yours). You might even get injured.
So TELL THE TRUTH! If all you have done is walk along trails that is fine, no one will laugh at you. You won’t be kicked off the property. I promise. In fact I will respect your honesty and we will be at a good place to start improving your abilities!
Same as sending horses in for training. TELL THE TRAINER THE TRUTH. I have a hard time believing your horse that does not neck rein and does not understand going forward was trained on the barrels. Trainers need a good idea of where to start, it speeds things up and sure as hell keeps things safer. If you are clueless because you got the horse at auction or inherited it from a dead relative who just had them lounging in her field…well, say that. That is also fine. The trainer will assess where the horse it at with it’s training (or lack of) and not assume it knows A.B and C and can start working on D. Trainers do not mind horses without training…!
Being told stories and dealing with unrealistic expectations…not so much.