I went to look at a 9 yr old QH gelding today.
Here is his ad: Quarter Horse For Sale, British Columbia (Canada), Vernon
It says he is ridden by 6 yr old.
His owner is a 8 yr old, but she needs a tougher horse. Bareback, english, western, jumping for fun
I am 13 yrs old and have been riding for about 5 yrs.. so he would be suitable.
I went to try him out today.
I rode him in a little paddock/pasture, right next to about 5 mares, their head over the fence looking at him.
He was pretty grumpy, as he wanted to go back to the other horses.
When I was walking him, everything was fine, he turned easily, circles.
His whoaa is good also, he stops, backup.
But, when I ask him to trot, he goes pretty fast, I sit back and try to collect him up, but he rarely slowed down.. going in the opposite direction he jogged, but going towards the other horses, he went super fast, almost a canter.
When I asked him to canter, he cantered, he started galloping, but he threw a couple bucks in there. I wasn't freaked at all, I just kept cantering around the corner.. then I trotted him in a circle, then walked.
I walked over to the fence with the other horse.. he pinned his ears back at the other horses (he is the dominant horse).. As I trotted right after that, he had his ears back, and he started cantering. I slowed him to a trot, and he listed quite well..
It's just that he is really sensitive to leg aids. If you use one leg to try to move him out, he goes faster. I think he was trained to turn only with his reins, as I am used to a horse who responds to leg aids.
The lady who is selling him for the owner, said that he is amazing on trails, and he even swims in the lake! She said, when he is back at home, he doesn't like to be the only one working, while the other horses rest in the pasture..
I think I will go back, and try him away from his home, out on trails and stuff, see how he is...
I like a horse that's a challenge though, or else it'd be no fun :P
What do you think?