Originally Posted by WesternRider
i was going to bring my best friend who has taught me almost everything I know she got me from down right terrified to even trot to I can now canter sometimes without stirrups and not be afraid all in two years (i have a trust issue my last coach wrecked riding for me for 2 and a half years) as well as two other of my friends. Gosh if I can land the job and get her I think I wont be able to go home HAHA I think id spend the first week sleeping in her stall! XP nd my therapy can finally begin
It seems like you have really taken to this mare, but please, let's go back for a moment and review what you just said. If you've had a bad experience in the past and are now to a place where you are comfortable I would rather see you working with a horse who is proven to be calm and easy. This mare does not appear to be either. Let's face it- when the ad says that an experienced rider is needed, they mean it
. At 16, I very much doubt that you are going to be able to get an easy ride without lots of time spent with an experienced trainer or some blood and tears. I'd rather it be the first of those two options, but that can get to be expensive; can you afford to send her off if she does need professional work? Can you afford the damage to yourself
if you happen to be injured in an accident?
I have seen the aftermath of bad horses. I've seen people so scared of the school horses at my barn (my instructor has a zero tolerance policy for lessons horse. They MUST. Be. Safe!) and even though they want to ride, want to spend time with the horses, some days they just can't do it- they can't climb up on that horse and be happy. It's tragic. Don't ever jeopardize that. Find a great horse, one that will continue to build on everything that you have gained. Even if it's "ugly," or maybe has slight conformation faults, a good mind is worth so much more than a pretty color.