So my BO has about 8 horses and a pony he's trying to give away to anyone who will pay the board on them for a year. Now, I've broken my last colt and that's not the problem, but honestly, I already have a weanling so I'm not looking for a major rodeo every time I get on.
Out of all of them, 2 are 'rideable' and to my liking, a good size with good conformation and potential. First came Fancy, a grungy light colored mare built like a tank with good ground manners, aside from space respecting. She tends to try and headbutt to get her way when she's being saddled or bathed. Underneath it all, she's a lovely dappled palomino with a blaze and 2 socks. Her hooves aren't in the best shape, but they aren't terrible either. So, I get on her, stretch her out, and she doesn't know how to neck rein, so I have to basically pull her head to turn. She was stubborn to move, and once I got her going it was clear shed been used to doing it her way. If I tried to make her go any faster than a walk, she'd crowhop. I'm thinking the saddle wasn't a good fit, so ill be trying her with another to see how she does.she only spooked once on the trail, and that was just jumping to the side at a beer bottle in the grass. Cars and other horses didn't phase her. She hadn't been ridden since August of last year and had a colt that didn't make it in December. She's about 6 years old.
The other is Abby, a 13 year old paint mare that foundered 6 months ago and still needs some weight back on her, but can be ridden lightly. She's taller with more leg than Fancy, but a better disposition on the ground. She's more spooky in the saddle when getting on and off, though plods through everything on the trail like a mule. She has better hooves, and as far as the BO knows, has never foaled.
I guess my question is, which is the better horse? Abby foundering worries me, but Fancys manners are a little tiresome. I do like her body style over Abby, but I think she does need more work in all areas.
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