She's a doll on the ground, she doesn't stand over you, or breathe down your neck, but on her back she just wants to move, Move, MOVE! All the time! She's got a good mind, and she tries hard to listen, I just think that whoever broke her really pounded on her because she can be over-willing... she will respond, but over-respond, you know? Like she doesn't know what you're asking, and she's trying to figure it out FAST FAST FAST! It's really taken a lot to get that out of her head, and she still does it quite a bit, I'm just hoping Mary can keep her on the right track and push her to be better! She would be absolutely wonderful for me, but I have quite a bit more experience than Mary. (Yes, this is the gal that I didn't want to end up being the free trainer, that I thought the horse was too much for...) Mary just doesn't know when to tell when Penny is giving her attitude or not! So getting her legs slammed into gates, her feet dragged along the fence, her shoulder rubbed on, toes stepped on, etc. She thinks it's all by accident.
I told her she's welcome to come up any time while Penny is here for training... so far it's been twice this month. She's in nursing school, and 1.5 hrs away with 5 kids, 2 handicapped, so it really hasn't been as big of a deal as I made it out to be in the first place.
But Penny would be a great little project mare, period. For sure. I just thought that maybe the last couple generations have really just been bred due to their lineage, not for performance. But I wasn't sure if maybe one was some kind of champion barrel racer or something.