Has anyone spent much time on this Breed?
I have become acquainted with an older mare recently who for the most part of the last month had been in her stall more than out. After riding a few times I can understand how the incident happened to the previous rider where she is quite reluctant to start riding again.
I really felt I would be too big for the Pony, but everyone who knew her said she was quite wide and had been ridden by people larger than me. (I'm 5'10" 200#)
I have seen a couple photos of me on her and don't think I am too bad and really with her speed and agility I wouldn't want to be up much higher.
My questions are:
1. Are they all able to change directions on a dime at full speed or is she just special?
2. I have a loose rein and ride western saddle she has mostly been ridden using an English saddle and technique. She will neck rein, but stopping isn't what I have been used to with a Quarter Horse (what I have ridden most.)
It takes quite the pull to get her to whoa and my precious trick of slowing one down by causing an ever smaller circle almost resulted in a disaster. This horse can change from going North to South and not loose a step.
I am, as slowly as I can, approaching the 6th decade. I still feel like I am in my 30's but if I ever really test out the body I'm sure it will remind me of how old I really am.
Any suggestions on how to continue to ride this gal without hurting either her or me?
Current bit is a snaffle on an net bridle with a link chin strap. She is very easy to catch, comes to you, puts her head in the halter stands still for all the grooming, easily lifts her feet for inspections and when she does not have a saddle on her back will walk calmly where ever you want to go. Throw a saddle on her and she switches gears and just wants to go go go go go go go.
I put her on a long lunge line yesterday before riding. (testing out the fit of a new saddle before actually mounting up.) She responds to voice commands walk, trot and canter while on the line and did a pretty good job with whoa, but still not the best.
Ok you are probably tired of reading so now I will stop. Thanks in advance for ideas, suggestions, comments and concerns.