06-01-2011, 05:13 PM
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Here's what I saw.
Stood very patiently at trailer. Tolerated saddling very well, came off the pressure of the tie very well.
Followed person in round pen with tempting grass without losing connection to rider. Looked outward to stimulus, but kept attached to human. Aware but not jumpy.
Mounted from ground and stood well.
Under saddle I did see a wierd gait movement but to me it seemed that she did not reach with her shoulders enough. I do see her dropping her back , too. You can see this right behind the saddle and in front of the pelvis. Could be an illfitting saddle. AND she is young so does not have the muscleage for carrying a rider yet. I dont' see her fighting the tie down so would remove it pronto. She does , however, mouth the bit constantly. Might need dental or change of bit type. The rider was not kind to her back. She did not post and her stirrups were so long she could not carry herself kindly on the horse's back.
I like this mare. I think she has a good mind and will be a good riding horse, baring any physical issues. It looks like she is handled calmly and with confidence by her people so she has a high level of trust in humans.