I rode an 8 year old QH gelding today. He goes both English and Western (I rode him Western). He has response I've never seen before: the lady who owns him (and claims she's had him since last July) taught him everything off the seat and legs. She only uses the reins to slow him at the canter and request him to lower his head, I.e as far as I can tell, she's been instilling in him a pre-dressage training.
Sounds great, doesn't it?
Problem is, his trot and canter are crazy. You can't do a sitting trot on him yet (she explained why, but I didn't catch it). When he started trotting and I tried to sit it, I was thrown on his neck. Posting was fine.
His canter startup is... indescribable. He kind of crow hops violently into it. Once you get him into it, he's fine, but his canter is not at all polished or smooth. He kind of leaps along, and the last canter I did, he did a couple of mini rears and mini bucks. I told him to knock it off, and he did, and resumed his leaping canter.
He seems to have a nice temperament. When I was on him, he didn't really do anything bad or even get overly exasperated because I was messing up his very subtle cues in the beginning.
He also has a bad head tossing habit, and he seems to hate his bit. The owner claims she's ridden him in hackamore, and said he would need a standing martingale under English for a while. He had no head correcting equipment on when I rode him.
Needless to say, a trainer will be looking at him if I really decide I am interested. He would also get professional training if I did get him.
My question is, is this something I should get involved with? Polished up, he'd be a very nice horse, but I'm puzzled as to why his owner spent so much time teaching him all these things (she claimed she even taught him flying lead changes, but I didn't verify it. She claimed the mini-rear/buck thing was him changing leads three times), and completely neglected his gaits? What do you think?
I have a copy of his pedigree if anyone wants to look at it.
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