Thoughts on this mare as well?
I am reposting this and hopefully won't get in trouble this time. This is my friend's mare that she has been going back and forth with me on selling for months now. :no: It sounds like she is to the point where she is absolutely going to have to sell so I am looking at her a little more seriously for myself. She is 6 years old, Appaloosa/Draft cross. I wish I had some riding video of her, but this is the best I have:
I just rode her in her first show on Saturday and I was very pleased with how she did. She took everything in stride and nothing really got her worked up. The one time she did get upset and start acting stupid the good ole standby of food distracted her pretty quickly. :winkgrin: We ended up with a 63% at Intro A, waiting to hear what we got at Intro B. We had to leave before they were done tallying up the scores. Our main comment was that we needed more energy. Two things that worry me about this mare is that she a) lacks natural amounts of energy and b) at this point in time is still built downhill. I have noticed that in the past two weeks with consistent riding her energy level has started to pick up some, but she is still a naturally very quiet, mellow horse.
My goals with her would be to also work through the dressage levels. I have talked at length about this mare with my trainer and she at first said that she didn't think we would make second level, and then said well maybe we could. So I am feel very confused on this one. :no:
First let me say she's adorable. But I foxhunt
And I would have said send her on until the unfortunate jump.
She does not scream dressage, however, neither did a quarter horse x saddlebred I had the pleasure to train and ride, yet she was amazing. She was however, very high energy. We got to second level stuff, but her forte was the jumpers. If we made the speed round, we were going to get a good prize.
Will she do second level? Probably. Will you win anything? Probably not. But if your goal is to have a horse that will load, warm up, hang out, quietly, with no spooks and spins, that you can take on a trail ride without fearing death, then I think she's cute.