I am going out to have a look at this mare tomorrow. After my last fall I said that I would put my shopping on hold, but I found this mare and talked to her owner, and her temperament sounds like what I am looking for.
Here are the questions I asked, and the answers I got:
When was the last time she was rode? 1wk ago
Age/Breed: 11yr QH
Height/Weight? 14.2/Compact build
Would she carry a larger rider well? Yes
Why are you selling her? Rosey is dominate in the herd, along with another dominate mare, no place to separate the two, so one has to go.
How is her health? Any major injuries, colic, founder? No.. Past owners didn't pick out feet and rode on gravel, so she had abbesses in the past, but farrier suggest picking feet every time Rosey is ridden, and she should be just fine.
How is her temperament? Very laid back and easy going; extremely passive with people.
Any vices, bad habits? None
Good habits? Rosey is very passive with people, she stands rock still for tacking up and mounting. She does not spook easily, and is very lovey dovey with her people.
Is she spooky? No
How are her ground manners? Great
How is she with the vet/ferrier? Good
Does she load well? Yep
Does she lunge? Rosey has never needed to be lunged, she rides the same every time.
Does she work in an indoor arena? Works fine
What does she do when she gets scared, does she freeze, bolt, etc? Rosey doesnt get scared often, but when she was asked to walk over a tarp, she side stepped around it.
What level of rider would you like to see her with? Confident Beginner, as she will try and test you to see what she can get away with.
Is she an easy keeper? Yep, good on grass hay, no grain required.
Neckrein? No, maybe taught how to by past owners, but just direct reins.
Does she like to move out while riding, or does she have more woah? Has a good stop to her, but will move out when asked. Is not lazy.
Here are the pics I was sent:
Rosie looking into camera.JPG
Rosie riding on driveway.JPG
Rosie tacked up.JPG