I have a slight dilema!! A member of my family has been helping me exercise my horse. Only by taking him in the school twice a week. She used to have her own horse many years ago, but lost him due to a horrendous traffic accident. She has been having lessons for the past 18 months and offered to help me school my 4yo. I declined the offer, but some how 4wks ago she turned up at ours in her riding gear and i offered her to have a go on him. Since then, she has been exercising him.
My Mum and I have put so much time and effort into him and when i first brought him a year ago it was an immense battle to even get an active walk out him!! He really has come on very well in the past 12 months
She came and rode him yesterdy and i left her to it. I let her into the school shut the gate, walked across my yard and out of the other gate, which took me all of 30 seconds and within that time she was trotting him round and round. In the space of 5 minutes she had trotted him for 4 1/2 minutes. Now most people would know that we all need to warm up before we do any form of exercise, but i was gobsmacked!! In the half hour she was on him, it was mainly trot!! He gets confused on cantering in the school, so for now Mum and I have been working on getting him to stretch, being active, bending correctly and general transitions. Mum and I have spoken and have said the work that more so my Mum has put into him, is slowly going out the window!!
My dilema is, how can i tell her in a nice way that i don't want her to ride him anymore? She is a lovely lady and i desperately don't want to hurt her feelings, but even more so, i am not allowing our hard work to go out the window!!
Thanks for your help xx