Nope, I don't think it has to do with her being an ex-jockey as much as that she probably taught herself to ride, so never had the 'second opinion' that is so important with learning to ride. She is constantly behind the horse, doesn't know how to keep her arms still, and has weak legs. With students that ride like her, we don't even let them ride off of the lunge line yet. Her core is weak and she look like she's trying to use a mixture of Parelli, Anderson, and quite a bit of 'see-sawing' to try to get the mare to flex. All she's accomplishing though is getting the mare to evade the bit and toss her head.
That being said, I really like the mare but you're going to have a LOT of retraining to do, probably from the ground up. This horse is trying it's best but it can only do as good as the rider on its back.
Please remember that this thread is not to critique the rider. In as much as you need to mention the rider to explain the horse's problems, so be it, but the rider did not ask for a riding critique, so limit your comments, please.
^ Thanks! For all that she is being critiqued, this woman has taken in a homeless horse to rehome her with no financial gain, which is a wonderful thing. Thanks everyone for weighing in on the horse. I think she is gorgeous too.
She looks to be a nice horse. After you get her home, you may want to just have a Vet give her a once over. I don't see a lameness issue, she looks like she ws being lazy ( as alot of horses will do ). She could have problems but no one can say for sure from a video. Good luck ..
I agree with everyone else. This horse has a great mind and tries DESPITE the awful 'trainer/rider' she had. She clearly needs contact- and the rider is not providing any guidance, yet she is still listening intently for any ques.
Get a good trainer and I know she will turn out great.
It is not easy to evaluate this horse, without critiquing the rider, who is doing the mare no favours, unfortunately.
I know nothing about Oldenburgs, but know what I like and I like this mare. Maybe I'd like to see a slightly better shoulder on her but overall, I think she is extremely nice, conformationally.
I think she 'appears' lazy, because she's not being asked to work properly. Certainly I hate all the head tossing and that could be from a number of problems, as others have suggested. You can see this mare does try and is really quite patient. I'd love to see this nice girl put under saddle with a good trainer. I'd bet she'd move out beautifully and gather herself together. She's young yet and has many years to bring something really nice to the table. If I were young, I would purchase her.
Do keep us updated please.