Friday, May 26, 2017

Jack, the neighbor's horse is mine to ride when I want to

Alrighty, I went and saw the mare and just as I suspected, not working for me.
She was cute and pretty. Trainer says "Well, pretty is as pretty does." I knew she meant the horse had kind of bad manners/attitude.
Trainer noticed the leg had ring bone. Also a scar on the shin bone.
No one had a saddle. Someone said "You getting on her?" I said, "You first." Trainer says, "It is customary for the person who owns her to show you what she can do first." I had to say it twice. "I'm not comfortable getting on a horse that I haven't seen ridden first. I really am a beginner. Not going to happen."
She was a tiny horse. 15 years old. 30 days of training a couple of years ago.
I couldn't have ridden her anyway. I'm too big. On top of that, the horse had its ears laid back a lot. She did overall seem sweet. No biting anyway. No kicking. Just moved away. But not well trained and didn't want to do what the nice lady asked her to do.
The horse loves carrots and apples and got plenty.
The gal that rides the horse [but not since last fall] wasn't there. The horse was certainly rusty.
I am not looking for a project #1. Horse is too small #2. Horse is not being worked at all for quite some time. #3.
I tried really hard to be super nice but firm. Not really the horse for me.
These gals want their friend's horse to find a nice home. I get that. They know a lot of people in the area so I will write a nice thank you for thinking of me and tell them what I am actually looking for.
Let's hope the gelding tomorrow is closer to what I need.

Guess who didn't buy a horse today? Yep, but......I stopped and talked with the neighbor. I rode Jack once awhile back. She is willing to help me out by letting me ride Jack . No lease, just come down with my trainer and ride him. She is a nice lady who doesn't get to ride as much as she would like. She has another horse she likes a lot.
She doesn't want to part with Jack but I can come over once a week [or more] and ride him.
My trainer and I were talking and she said "You know, you looked so happy and relaxed on Jack. Maybe we should talk to Kathy about leasing or buying Jack."
I am going to have to figure out what her interests are and get her a nice gift.
I did go see that gelding that was for sale. I did get on the gelding. He challenged me a lot. I did not feel really happy being on him although I did do well. The horse did a bit of trotting and I didn't fall apart and I convinced the horse to slow down and go my way but....he's just a bit too much for me right now. :) He kept being sideways when trying to turn him or even going straight. It's me that doesn't know how to ask right but I didn't think it would work out. I didn't feel endangered but I didn't feel relaxed and comfortable either. I declined to go out on a trail. This would have been a better horse for me in a year from now.
I am thrilled that I can just take lessons on Jack and Brownie the Wonderhorse [the trainer's horse] and keep learning to ride.

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