So I may have the opportunity to ride/work this mare over the summer as the summer project horse I was looking for a while back.
The owner got her a few months ago but says she is too hot and spooky for her, but I have no problem with a hot horse as long as its not dangerous.
My first impression was that I loved her trot, but I may be wrong and it may look terrible to someone else. I have not yet agreed to take her for sure... just wanted another opinion before I dove in
These video is from the summer, so as of now she is quite out of shape but this is what she can look like.
Her trot: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=NibFyL-jiVY
To me, her trot looks tense and tight, non rhythmic and short in the front. I see a horse that is athletic and capable of moving out nicely, but with a rider that is quite tense/nervous and not allowing her to use her stride naturally. For brief moments the mare seemed to relax a bit, but then revert to short strided in the front, and quite agitated. If you're good with a hotter horse (she doesn't look that hot, just maybe a bigger stride than owner is used to?) and can let her move out and actually use herself, you may get a much nicer result out of her. Her headset doesn't seem natural or to be coming from collection to me though- it looks forced and tense through the neck and back. Something to work on.
Canter also seems the same to me as the trot- tense rider forcing her head in too tight causing a tighter tenser gait. The horse's uncomfortableness seems to be in direct result from the rider's tense.
She's cute though and I think would be nicer with a relaxed rider.
That was my impression too. The rider looked very tense to me as well but looks like she is just not sure of what is being asked. I guess she was attempted to be evented with the last owner and she got extremely scared of everything. So, they just flatted her for a while before selling her (not at $3000... a lot less than that) to the current owner. I also do not like the headset. As for being off at the trot... I think she is just being held a lot and turned rather sharply... so that would probably do it. I would have to see her in a larger ring. I guess this video is at her 'old' barn.
Any other opinions?