I think she's going to teach me a lot, too. :] She definitely seems like she has good movement for dressage to me, too. But that mare LOVES poles. The owner doesn't want her jumping because of her age, but she wants to jump so badly. For now I'm riding her in lessons until my trainer moves barns, and I'll have to ride another horse at a different barn. She is a horrible trail horse. She spends more time in the air than on the ground! But I don't judge her for that. :P haha
I wouldn't buy this mare. First off, the owner wants $3500 for her and she is 16(I'm pretty sure), doesn't jump(which is what I'd love to learn to do), and I'd definitely like to go on a trail ride or two, which she hates. But I'm definitely giving her a chance while I'm still riding her. And I hardly ever bond with horses at first sight. I know that a bond takes time to build. The horse I've felt the most connected to was a total ass and it took me falling off of him and getting nipped at several times before we understood each other and got along well. :] I'd like to ride this mare more, but my time with her is limited, unfortunately. My trainer is moving out on the 1st of the month.
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!
She's a rescue mare. All of the horses at the stable I ride at are rescues, and I get their stories mixed up. But my trainer leased this mare 2 years ago, but my barn owner has her now and she doesn't get ridden very often. Someone was hard on her mouth and just really didn't know what they were doing. They said that she was a children's hunter when they gave her to my BO. Yeah, I call BS. :P
I wish I could have filmed our lesson! We were working way better then. I was more relaxed, she was more relaxed, and I was having her acting a lot more well behaved. Her canter is actually really nice and easy to sit. But I agree with you guys. I like riding my trainer's gelding more, and I think my position is better on him. I'll try to get a video of me riding him the next time I do. He has navicular and a sore shoulder, though, so getting him to be packaged up nicely is a challenge, but something we need to work on doing! :]
Thanks a lot for all of your guys's help. I appreciate you guys not saying I suck. :P It was hard coming back from 9 months of not riding! And I really haven't had a proper lesson since this place for about...3 years? And that was saddleseat! I really hope I can start jumping soon. :]