I went to ride a horse that the stable manager thought I should buy because she is quiet, sound, and sweet. I am a green rider that stands about 5'7 and weigh 123lbs.
This mare, that I rode, is an 11 year old, 15.2 hh paint with a willing disposition. The owners met us and watched while I rode the horse with my English saddle and bridle.
I was able to get her to walk and trot, but not canter. The owner kept telling me that I needed to belt her good, with both legs to get her into a canter. The manager didn't want to push her because this horse hadn't been ridden in so long and she was very overweight.
The owner admitted that she never rides the horse, that she sometimes bucks when she is on the trail and is not trained to jump.
My question is, if you were starting out and would like to learn jumping and dressage would an 11 year old paint be a good choice?
How much training is requiired?
I need to know, is this the horse for me? Is this horse worth $900.00?
Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks!