I am currently loaning a 16.3hh 11YO mare. She was previously a XC/SJ horse until some sort of infection last year has left her with a constant puffy hind leg. There is no lameness, and after work it goes down considerably.
The owner is brilliant, and we have become firm friends. But she has her competition horse to focus on.
There are two other ladies that ride this mare, one of which I am replacing 01.09 and will be given firm days rather than squeezing in rides where I can.
She is difficult to canter and owner is nervous about anyone doing so. I had a free school at the weekend, and with owners permission and watchful eye cantered. Urgh. It needs work. Her canter idea is BOOM GO. As soon as you touch the reins its sonic speed.
Not only that. She is... rotund. My hips feel out of place by the time I have finished!
The others ride her in a hackamore, because she can be fussy on the bit. Teeth are checked etc etc all is well. I soon came to realise that this is pure mickey take.
She works beautifully on the bit, she just requires.. ahem.. a talking to. No whip or spurs, but a good placed pony club kick did it.
Really after some advice on how to slowly build up this mare, but also idea for the canter so I don't end up using the school like a race track!
Also, owner said if she is worked too hard she colics? I have never heard of this before, and due to the language barrier don't fully understand :S