Originally Posted by cherrysmom
Hi Maple thankyou for your reply, yes I think it is NH Her father was bred for, her father is Primitive Rising (USA) if you have heard of him, im told he was quite famouse. She is HUGE.
Her siblings are used as eventers and cross bred with warmbloods, they are all bred by louella stud, I have tried emailing them about Cherry but no response.
I have had a ex jocky, very short irish man (rather cute), come look at her he only charges 10 pound an hour for riding and training etc but he said he wanted me to get on her back and get her used to the bit first, its hard to explain and its pretty unbelievable but people who don't know the real her are very scared of her,
I had an extremely good vet out to her when she had her abscess and even the vet was rather scared about getting in the stable with her, its really that bad, but I can do pretty much anything with her!!
I really want to try her without a trainer even if its just the next step so then I can get the ex jocky out to help me, so I really need advice on where to go with her next?????
I have broke and trained all sorts of horses with all their different problems but never one so old, oldest iv worked with has been only 5.. and that was a 14.2h welsh D.. lol
Yes, alot of the NH horses are built like tanks
As for the jockey - chances are he is a well seasoned rider. Jocks in Ireland/UK don't tend to just race ride - every jockey I know hunts, jumps, breaks and brings on their own horses. Saying this, "ex jockey" could also mean he has lost his bottle, or wasn't particularly good
If he is trying to sway you to get on first, I'd think it is the first option.
I would think she needs the assistance of a professional trainer - There is a trainer who specialized with "problem" horses and if you want his name and number I can send it to you in a PM. I haven't dealt with him personally, but know some "professionals" who have and he is meant to be quite repitable.
Reckyroo - If this mare was riding before and is NH bred she will be used to legs. The trainers tend to do a lot of roadwork and schooling - some even go to professional dressage trainers and go hunting.