Originally Posted by DrumRunner
I just wanted to clarify for you, things have to be clearly worded out over the internet..
Just had to clear it up..
Huh..Maybe that's just her riding style? If you don't like big pockets or aren't used to them it will probably take a good bit of work and time getting used to that style, if you don't want to work on making tighter turns and smaller pockets with the mare you're looking at..I personally don't like the big pockets, she could cut her time a good bit if she didn't go so wide.. The horses are definitely nice though.
I'm the opposite. I actually like the larger pockets, though not insanely so. Over the years I've heard quite a few theories on the advantages and disadvantages of your pocket size. I myself grew up worshipping Martha Josey, and tend to keep my pockets wider. I've heard that a wider pocket allows the horse to keep a more consistent speed instead of chopping it up trying to cut a barrel closer. I've also heard of tear drop pockets being better and some people just like to skim the rim as close as possible.
My opinion on the first horse and rider is that the rider isn't pushing through on her barrels. If she's going to commit to going wide, then she needs to push the speed on through on those barrels. Especially the first. And I don't like how she ran in, made a huge circle, then began her pattern. There isn't a real advantage to that and the horse just learns to blow into the arena. I prefer to walk my horses in (meaning the alley) calmly, even walk a couple of circles, stop, look ahead at the pattern, and ONLY go when I decide I'm ready to start the pattern.
I agree with the opinions, the price is WAY too high for a non-consistent runner. With some time and going back to the basics, I think that mare could be nice.
And for over $7000, I'd expect her to have a trim as well. O_O