Okay, I went to see her. She was fabulous.
We just groomed her in cross ties a little and discussed her history first. She's gorgeous her coat is SO sleek and I love her facial and front heel markings. The seller was very open with me about everything I asked. She said the only medical thing she's ever had was she kicked a stall wall too hard and got a temporary bump or something on her hind leg. The vet says it will go away within a few weeks, and that it doesn't interfere with her riding at all. She was raced until she was 3, when a trainer got ahold of her and trained her every dressage move she knows. Then she sold her to the seller who has her now. I found Molly's sweet spot within seconds (her neck) and she was loving my petting; her bottom lip was flappin, back leg bouncing haha. We picked her feet, she had no problems there. Then we loaded her in the trailer to go to the seller's friend's indoor arena 5 minutes away (it was pouring rain outside and we needed an indoor to ride). She loaded like a dream, was very safe, just walked calmly in. When we got to the arena, we tacked her up Western first. Then the owner lunged her at a walk, trot, and canter, and then over a small cross rail. She absolutely loved jumping. Even when she knocked it down from a bad setup and the owner tried to bring her in closer to avoid the fallen jump, she tried to jump it anyway. Silly horse
. Then the owner mounted up and rode her around. She was using English rein techniques (direct contact instead of neck reining) because the horse had just been started English. She also told me she was a cribber, but with no windsucking, and that she chewed on her bit. One thing I noticed was that the owner kept her reins WAY too short with constant pressure on the bit, which might be why she was playing with the bit.....Then I got on her and walked and trotted her. Her trot was very uncomfortable to ride Western because of trying to sit it, so I ended up posting Western so I wouldn't be a sack of potatoes on her back
. Then we changed tack and when I mounted English, you could completely tell this horse knew her stuff. She dropped her head immediately and her neck went into a really nice arch....I w/t/c her English. Her canter needs some work; I think mainly because the owner usually just walked and trotted her--she prefered the slower gaits, one of the reasons she's selling her. She's also selling because she wants the horse to be given an opportunity to fulfill his abilities, but doesn't want to do dressage or jumping with her. The owner's moving on to just trail riding, wants to get out of the competetive horse world.
I REALLY like this horse. Lindsay (the owner) said she thought I looked really good on Molly. We just clicked, you know? I'm going back to see her again tomorrow, and this time my mom's boyfriend is coming with us so he can see her as well. I really think she can take me far. Lindsay said she has another person wanting to come see her as well, so I'm praying we can buy her before they do