Join Date: May 2009
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Everyone has pretty much pointed out what you need to work on, so I'm going to keep my comments to this mare and say I agree with you. I don't doubt she could teach you a lot, but at this point, I honestly don't think she's what you need. She's champing at the bit, hollowing her back, forging into your hands and flipping her nose a lot. Which kind of makes me raise my eyebrow if she's 16 - what exactly have they been doing with her for 16 years that she's still behaving like a greenie?
You have excellent potential, but I think it would be better educated by learning how to ride "properly" again - your position tells me you'd likely be able to handle her acting silly, and yet her erratic trotting and hollow strung out canter is only causing you to bounce and lose your position, which in turn cause her to hollow more. Trust me I know - I have the EXACT same problems with my Arab. I don't take lessons and it's essentially resulted in me riding her everywhere just standing in my stirrups because her canter is so ridiculously bouncy I CANNOT sit it and just end up slamming her back. I love her to death and I'd never sell her, but if I were to get seriously back into riding lessons again, I could never use her as my lesson horse. It would be a waste of my time and money fighting to sit her hollowness and attempt to train her to be round, while trying desperately to sit deep and be functional.
Just my two cents! Lovely mare anyway, and I really love you as a rider - you have some things to fix, but you have an overall very effective position that's just lost it's equitation which is SO much better then looking pretty as long as your horse behaves perfectly!
I hope God tells her to smash her computer with a sledgehammer.