Owwee, I'm so sore today! We're still looking for a horse for the teenage girl, and yesterday we went to view a 8yo TBxTrakhener gelding, well over 170cm in height. I was the test rider again and boy it was a fun ride! Especially because he hadn't been ridden in almost 5 months and we were riding in a tiny indoor arena!
He was free-lunged at first and then I got on to enjoy this hot-blooded, yet incredibly responsive and docile boy. When cantering on the left, I discovered it was his "hard" side as he took a turn too sharp and almost hit a large pillar in one side of the arena, and I then got a bit claustrophobic and didn't notice I had become too stiff and pressing one leg against his side. Thus we cantered...and cantered....and cantered....and his owner calmly commented that she hadn't seen such a canter in him under a rider.
I didn't know how to feel about it
, but the gelding was very honest, didn't try to bolt or anything, he just wanted to RUN, but we soon sorted things out. Overall, he was just lovely and, if I was looking for a second horse, he would be on my top 5 list - but he won't be suitable for an unconfident rider like the girl is, and he was also too wide for her.
After that we went to our barn and I instantly had a lesson on Snickers about loosening up and working on his impulsion. He was a really good boy, especially, when I really managed to lose all my tensness - he then really got his hind end working. We stopped in a good spot, when he offered an active walk after transitioning from trot, so I hope the effects of it will be seen next time. And I really, really need to loosen up my body!