Originally Posted by HorsesAreForever
well i know shes pretty much finished because ive seen her be shown , trail ridden, jumped a ton of logs out in the feild no problems. I think shes becomes servely herd bound. and maybe ur right maybe shes not finished at all but i mean ive seen what she can do
and last summer i jumped her over 2'6" so shes not really green
Sorry, HAF, but if Chance is nearly "finished" (the term being used loosely to describe a horse that w/t/c/stop/back/lateral movemets/discipline-specific movements without being bad) ... it doesn't sound like it - a "finished" horse doesn't take off, rear, and toss her head around. Isn't she only 5 years old?
Just because a horse has shown, been trail ridden and jumped doesn't mean it's finished - I've shown, jumped, and trail ridden many many greenies, and let me tell you, they were G-R-E-E-N!! I'm not trying to argue with you, I'm just letting you know that you shouldn't expect a horse that's done those things to be completely finished - that would be a big mistake and if that's what you're expecting, you might be sorely disappointed.
Really it sounds like she is a green horse that needs a lot of work; and if you're willing to go with the guidance of your trainer, then go for it! But, like I said before - Chance is at a very impressionable age, one where you have to be confident in what you're doing to teach her the right things to do... She sounds like a nice horse that does have potential, and if you think you can bring it out in her, I wish you the best of luck, and will help where I can, but you have to realize that Chance does need work.
How has her stopping been recently? Have you worked her since you last posted? How was she?