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    05-01-2011, 11:46 AM
Considering this horse for my daughter--thoughts?

This horse has been boarded at the barn we ride out for many years, we've been there for 3. She is under used. Her full brother is an incredible little horse, sweet, level headed, been used for several different levels of riders. This mare has been not used for a while, so she'll need a good refresher, but I'm hesitant because she's got reining lines, and my daughter is doing performance 4-H. She might just be too much for what my daughter needs. We are waiting on word from our riding instructor/barn owner... she went with the owner to pick this mare up, and has known her since the day she was purchased, and also owns another brother of hers. My husband has been smitten with this mare since we started out there. He's always found her beautiful.

We've seen her at her worst, when a horse ran through a fence and she was running and bucking in her enclosure. I know that when she's up she takes a while to get down, but she takes an awful lot to get her up in the first place. I think regular work will help out with this too. The owner is a full time college student, works 40 hours a week, and has 2 horses. It is just too much for her to have both horses, so she has used the one that suits her best. I know for a fact that if our trainer says she'd be okay, we can lease her for the summer to try her out. I wouldn't be making a commitment that I'm locked into, and I know there are no secrets because I have been at this far 2-5 days a week for the last year. I know she's never been lame, even last year when she was leased and ridden 4 times a week. My only hesitation is if she's too much for my daughter. If the trainer thinks we can tone her down with regular work, we might lease another horse for next year if necessary, but my daughter would not use her for this year's fair, so she'd have over a year to work with her. She is leasing a horse this year so I could work with this mare for a while.

Anything stand out structurally...her pedigree looks pretty good to me...I don't know a ton, but I recognize a lot of names.

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    05-01-2011, 11:53 AM
How much expierence does you daughter have with working with difficult horses? If she does not have much expierence with it, I would try to look for a calmer, school-master type horse.
    05-01-2011, 12:06 PM
My daughter is 9, but she would not work with this horse without her instructor/trainer. She takes 2 lessons a week, and rides once a week with her 4-H club. Age aside, she rides much better than most kids 5 years older than her. The horse she is leasing was a beginner horse, and with her instructor, has taught him his leads, side passing, pivots, etc. She is young, but she has a gift. She has handled her horse through an awful lot of issues, because her horse had not been away from the farm for 13 years when she started showing him. She is bragged about by her instructor being the youngest person on the farm to be able to know when she's got the correct lead, and being able to ask for it consistently on her horse. Until last year, when he went into a lope, he took whatever lead he felt, but she has worked hard on teaching him how to take the right lead.

My daughter has ridden about 15 different horses, from school master type, to the horse that jumps straight into the air when he sees something new. Since we work (as a family) at this farm, she has moved every horse on the propery from stall to pasture, for beginner lessons, etc. She has had them in her hands in their best and worst, and she takes it all in stride.

So, to answer your question, she's handled all levels of horses, but always under supervision of a trainer/instructor. The same would be the case if this horse were hers. The good thing about my daughter is that knows her limits, but isn't scared to push them with help. I don't want to buy her a horse that she will outgrow in skill, but I don't want to buy her a horse that is too much. I'm going back and forth on this, but am waiting for word from our instructor/trainer/barn owner to help me with my final decision. Since she knows the horse and my daughter very well, I trust her judgement on this situation.
    05-01-2011, 12:33 PM
Your daughter is very fortunate and sounds very talented! With that information, with the approval of her instructor and the opinion of your daughter (she should test ride this horse at least once, in my opinion) I say go for it.
    05-01-2011, 12:38 PM
I already have the go to ride her and try her out, and the owner said we could lease her for as many months as we needed to make a decision. What she needs is to get out of her board fees. Essentially, lease would be paying her board, which would mean riding her as often as we wanted, and using her in clinics/lessons. If our instructor says to try it, I'll use her in a trail clinic in July. By then, we'd have a couple months of riding, ground work back on her, plus, she'll be out on the grass, so her mind will be in a better place.
    05-01-2011, 12:42 PM
It sounds like your daughter would be fine with this horse. Just make sure to do a couple of test rides in different places. Such as taking the horse in an outside arena. Indoor, or on the trails. See his reaction. If your daughter has done what you have said I think she is ready for the next step up, a more challenging (not dangerous) horse. One that will spook sometimes and needs a good refresher and dmay be considered a little green.

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