At the South Carolina show, I will be riding Lola, a ~16 h, chestnut, ASB mare. She is dainty, well-trained, and clear about what she wants. However, between her saddleseat accent and her mare accent, I don’t always understand what she is saying. Occasionally, I find myself inexplicably at the wrong gait or headed off in the wrong direction, i.e. toward the middle of the ring.
In contrast, Sam speaks saddleseat but with such a broad school-horse accent that I have no trouble understanding him. That doesn’t mean I can always ride him correctly. For example, he may be saying, ‘You messed up so I’m not cantering any longer, thank you very much.’
I have ridden amazing mares. When I showed Tory [BTDT: Hot Buttons] in the jumper ring, it was easy. We did it her way. In the event at which I rode Priney [photo], we did it my way until she realized that what we were doing was fun, then she took over. Negotiation was not necessary in either case.
Google has two versions of the popular saying:
You tell a gelding, you ask a mare, but you discuss it with a stallion.
Tell a gelding, ask a stallion, discuss it with a mare.
Either way – asking or discussing – requires a mental adjustment for a rider who has mainly spoken gelding. Any tips on reaching an understanding with a mare?
Josephine fell asleep with her tongue out. Click photo for larger version.