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Horse going from WP to dressage

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  • Horse going from WP to dressage

    I have the chance to buy a mare that has boarded here several times off and on over the last 8 years or so - LOVE this mare to pieces and am SO happy to get to buy her (owner just graduated college and has to sell her). She's an Appendix - best personality and disposition ever....but has been used as a WP horse in lessons. Not serious showing or anything (they've done a couple 4H level but not too crazy with the low head set or anything). I have ridden this horse several times over the years and was always pleased with how nice her gaits are (and she's so fun and willing). All I will do is school at home and trail ride, but I remember some confusion with her aids so I'm wondering what I should expect and what I can do to make the transition easy for us both.

    Or should I not worry at all?

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    Originally posted by hundredacres View Post
    I have the chance to buy a mare that has boarded here several times off and on over the last 8 years or so - LOVE this mare to pieces and am SO happy to get to buy her (owner just graduated college and has to sell her). She's an Appendix - best personality and disposition ever....but has been used as a WP horse in lessons. Not serious showing or anything (they've done a couple 4H level but not too crazy with the low head set or anything). I have ridden this horse several times over the years and was always pleased with how nice her gaits are (and she's so fun and willing). All I will do is school at home and trail ride, but I remember some confusion with her aids so I'm wondering what I should expect and what I can do to make the transition easy for us both.

    Or should I not worry at all?
    I don't think you need to worry at all.

    I had a WP bred and trained Appendix who had been doing a once-a-month-the-kid-comes-out-and-rides job who settled right in and was the most fun, most ready-to-work horse ever. He showed up to work with a positive attitude EVERY DAY and was an absolute blast to ride.

    She'll be fine, and she'll be quite happy to figure out the new way you apply the aids and will likely have it all figured out faster than you can blink.

    Enjoy her! They are such great horses.
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    • #3
      My friend bought a 6 y/o Paint mare that was trained/shown in WP. She showed up to First Level Dressage - both schooling and liscensed shows - and did quite well.

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      • #4
        My horse's resume:

        Started as a hard-core WP horse--spur stop and all;
        fell into a rescue situation
        adopted by an eventer, but he does.not gallop XC unescorted
        came to me as a trail horse
        did dressage, including clinics with some high-$$ European guys
        went back to my western roots, doing Vaquero-style horsemanship
        does cow work
        used as a school horse for IHSA, hunt seat and western, plus IDA dressage
        trail rides with a couple of dressage WBs
        Rode in the two-rein with Brannaman last fall
        Planning to rope and hold a cow in the near future

        A good Quarter Horse can adapt.

        Don't worry, just enjoy! Lucky you!
        "One person's cowboy is another person's blooming idiot" -- katarine

        Spay and neuter. Please.

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        • #5
          The biggest issue I had (besides lameness/soreness from being drilled into the ground as a serious show horse) was the forward button! We had some button issues but those get sorted out

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            lol...mostrpony, that's some resume!

            Thanks everyone - I'm just so excited, you have no idea! I've always adored this mare and when the owner didn't get along well with her when she first got her I made her realize that a change in attitude toward the horse would make all the difference in the world, and it did...and she realized she's a very special little mare. She hates to have to sell her now but she knows she'll never leave me.

            Like I said, I've rode her a few times and she was a doll - and to me she seemed really thrilled to be able to TROT instead of jog . I remember her slowing when I tried to leg yield and that confused me but she figured it out really fast - before I did even, because I had no clue why she was slowing down with leg pressure.

            This is my first QH. I can't wait . I won't get her until May when the owner comes back from college because she has lessons lined up already.

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