Its hard to tell how a horse will do with a leader by her head and one or two sidewalkers, but she seems like a very steady easygoing horse willing to pack your mom around. I think she would be a candidate for a therapeutic riding program for sure. Most places do a trial period of a month+ to assess each horse when they come in after an initial evaluation.
She does look a bit off to me also.. It's hard to say how well a horse would do in a therapeutic program until they are put into that situation. I used to volunteer at a stable that did that, and the horses had to be completely bomb proof to wheel chairs, walkers, noise etc. They had to be very gentle and calm and have a good sense of where the kids were when they were on the ground next to them etc.. Remember also, a lot of the riders that would be riding are unable to support themselves, they need people on both sides to hold them on. There's a lot that goes into a great therapeutic horse.
I volunteered for a therapeutic riding program, and it is hard to tell. The basic requirement is bombproof, bombproof, bombproof. They cannot be spooked, rattled, or upset by anything. If they stroll around on a long rein at a busy horse show where they might encounter dogs, leases, loud children, umbrellas, gold carts, walkers, wheelchairs, etc. and don't bat an eye, you might have something. Of course, some of our horses had never really shown but they had the most placid nature you've ever seen.
An under saddle video doesn't help much. One of the horses we used was difficult to ride...hard mouth, pulled, swapped off, just not an easy horse. He was mean in a stall as well. But you could have had a tornado tear the indoor ring right off of him and he wouldn't have batted an eye. Once he was out of his stall he was a sweetheart, and he was very aware of a shifting rider on his back.
It takes all types...I've seen amazing therapeutic horses who I wouldn't have pegged to be that calm and patient, and then I've seen some super super easy horses who would never have be suitable.
What does your horse do in a new environment? When she sees something for the first time? A better person to ask would be the head of a therapeutic riding program near you...
I know they get offers of lame horses all the time, but they actually need for the horses and ponies to be sound. That's not because it's hard work, but because an irregular gait interferes with the balance and muscular development of the riders.
I know you mentioned before that Beautiful is too spooky to be a trail horse, so she might not be a good match for a therapeutic program. They do a lot more than just ride around in a ring. I know of programs where they go out on short trails with sidewalkers or play games which involve people throwing balls and other items.
Tiff, don't be so dramatic. Of course you can ask questions. That's what this place is for. But you asked if Beautiful was appropriate for a therapeutic program, posted a video of her being ridden while lame, and then said that you weren't thinking about sending her to a therapeutic program.
If you wanted to know about therapeutic programs, you could have just asked. But if you used a question to which you don't want the answer to simply to post a video of your horse being ridden by your mother. (A video that I believe that you have posted before and had people mention the fact that Beautiful was lame.) Can't you see how that would annoy people? Especially when they try to give you a good answer and good suggestions and you get cranky and yell at them?
If you post photos of you riding Beautiful when she's filthy dirty, you need to not get upset when people tell you you should groom her. If you post videos of people riding Beautiful when she's lame, you need to not get upset when people comment on it.
ummm guys that video was from the FALL. She JUST had her shoes pulled. She's not lame now. Like EllisLove said im not giving my horse up.
First off, this video was uploaded in January 2012, so what do you expect us to think? Secondly, why are you asking if you're not giving your horse up? Perhaps you could have made a topic less specific to your horse if you wanted to know the characteristics of a good therapeutic horse, and posted it on a different forum.. not the H/J one...