I am looking for my first Dressage mount and have found a mare (TB/WB cross) that I am interested in. One issue is that she forges.
I haven't explored this issue with the current owners because I didn't really understand what this was until I got back home and looked it up on the internet.
So, my question: how bad is this for a dressage horse? Can it be fixed? My observation is that it occurred at the trot and the owners mentioned that the horse was pretty tired (from training for and being in a dressage show the day before) and that when she is tired, this mare will forge. (Also, I noticed they did not use wraps or boots on her-- would this be advisable with a horse that forges?)
Also, I notice this mare has quite an overreach at the walk-- she gets nice scores on her free walk because of it, but perhaps there is a limit to how much overreach is desirable (?)
Thanks for your opinions!