Originally Posted by kerplop
I used to ride a Haffie. ;)
What exactly do you mean by "I train as a competitive rider"? If you're not planning to show I think she'd be fine to lease for fun, but that depends on your long term goals. I love hafs and I have no idea how this one is question rides, but if you want to progress to a horse I'd find another pony. That being said, this one seems like a nice pony to do elementary and maybe BN stuff on, but not competitively. If you're just looking for miles for yourself I'd say go for it, but if you want more out of your lease keep looking.
I didn't say that I am not planning to show, I said that I can not afford to show that often. And by I train as a competitive rider, it means I don't just ride for fun, I train as if I show'd regularly, I train to progress not just goof around.
As for how she rides, she needs an expirenced rider, when I watch other people on her she races around like a two by four and doesn't really seem like a good horse at all. From me riding her though, she was like an angel, she allowed me to set the pace, she accepted and seeked the bit, framed up and worked from her hind end, etc. One thing I really enjoyed about her is that I could feel her whole body under me and how she moved it. She's a horse who likes to be 'asked, not told' is what I understood from her right away, and I've seen how she reacts to people who don't seem to understand that.
What do you mean if I need to advance to a horse I need to find another pony? I know that she's showed BN and won ribbons so she'll be fine for competing, but like I said I do not show that often and I do not have any special showing goals, just a show here or there. Though I do eventing, I am more focused on dressage which she really excells at, the judges love her. She has tons of knee action, and really floaty dressage movements. She even knows her flying changes.
I think she's worth it, plus if it doesn't work out she belongs to my trainer, so if I need to I can always lease another horse. My trainer is actually the one who wants me to lease and show her, and I do like her and she's the first one I've really even really considered. She's better and has much more potential than the pony I'm leasing now.
Also please note that the pictures of her under saddle are from about 1.5 to 2 years ago when her old rider still rode.
Thanks for your input
I know that two months ago before I started leasing my horse I wouldnt have even taken a second glance at her