Today, My parents, trainer, professional rider, and I drove 90 minutes to see two horses. She wanted youth friendly horses that knew their job (my confidence is kinda down the drain thanks to my current horse). One of my trainers biggest things was that they needed to be uphill and light on the fourhand, I'm ninety pounds and have soft hands, so horses heavy on the forehand don't mix well with me. What they brought out was...
A 7 year old gelding that was "dead quiet, very sweet, knows his job and is easy and comfy" in their words. "dead quiet" and yet he needed 30 minutess of lunging first, had tight side reins to stop his bucking when being lunged, and bucked like crazy when asked for the canter when their rider got on. His form over jumps was just horrendous, and the owner started talking about all the different bits she suggested because he was just "slightly" heavy in front. Umm, yeah, "slightly".
Our pro rider didn't even want to get on (not worth getting hurt for a horse that wouldn't work), but she hopped on, rode for ten minutes and got off, telling my trainer he didn't steer, bucked, leaned forward, tried to bolt, etc. Needless to say I didn't get on. The whole time the owner went on and on about how great he was, and it was just a "bit" of a bad day
The next horse was much better, but the barn owner (not same woman) kept bragging about her great automatic lead changes. Our pro rider had to haul on her mouth and really kick her and circle her to get even half a lead change!