Mean, klutzy, or untrained????
My daughter purchaed a 6 year old Haflinger mare, that was supposedly very sweet and calm when broken to ride and drive as a 2 year old. (Many people said this, not just the owner) The mare hs been in a pasture, totally ignored for the last 3 years. We have been working on ground work and respect issues, but it is hard to make her really 'pay attention". It seems as if a lot of times her mind just is elsewhere. My daughter rode her the other day and the mare spooked big time at something, and my daughter came off. The horse spooked up a small hill, then came back down, trampling my daughter. The horse never tried to avoid her. I don't think she was TRYING to trample her, but she just didn't care. After she went over her once, se went over her again. The horse stepped on her ankle, both thighs, stomach, upper arm, lower arm, and head (Thank God she was wearing a helmet.) My daughter is OK - just bruised, but I have NEVER seen a horse that did not at least TRY to avoid a downed rider. She wants to keep this horse, qnd ai told her we need to work A LOT on groundwork and isssues, and she agrees, but I don't knw whether ai will ever trust this horse. INUT??????????????
On a positive note, My husband was riding my 2 yeqar okd Nibbles, who behaved like a trooper - she didn't sppokm atg all, stood ground ties when he jumped off to help my daughter, and calmly ponied the excited masre bck to the barn - none of which we had ever worked on!!!