Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Orange County, NC
What you are searching for is consistency and that can be one of the more difficult goals, some of which is beyond your control. In my experience, this comes from a combination of disposition, age, and work/experience.
Our lead mare, Angel, now 19 yrs, was shown a lot when she was young. She was ridden and groomed everyday, trailered everywhere and shown almost every weekend. That was her job and life. She has a very calm disposition and whether by genes or training (or both), when you are in the saddle, she is 100% focused on "work", every single time. I have never had a "bad" day riding her. I guess you would call her a "push button" horse.
Our boss mare, "Mandy", now 18 yrs, was shown a lot in halter, had a similar life and job, and shows the same consistency in hand in the ring.
Our two younger mares were always meant to be pleasure riding horses. I rode them consistently when they were 3-6 years to get a good start and foundation, but they never had the same number of "work" hours as the other two, and you can tell the difference. They're both good riding horses, but they just don't have that same day in, day out consistency in their performance.
Bottom line...you can't control your horse's age or disposition, but consistency and lots of hours of work experience will take you a long way. Just keep riding....
On the sixth day, God created the Quarter Horse.
On the seventh day, he Painted the good ones.
Last edited by PaintHorseMares; 08-17-2013 at 07:22 AM.