Ok, just heard back, and she understands my explanation....but can't sell me the horse knowing I will be "pulled in many directions of learning" and possibly undo what she has done for this horse.....
What can I say, but OK...but feel bad that she doesn't trust that I would do as she asks.....or recommends...
She says she will continue to look for a horse for me, which is nice, but what a devastating blow.......being turned down.....wow!
I know everything happens for a reason, but it hurts.....
What has she done for the horse. My first reaction was what was wrong with the horse when she got it.
Second, did you offer or ask if you could spend some time with her learning what she has done and how.
I do wonder if natural horsemanship training would unravel any training the horse has recieved as my limited experience with it is it is patience and repitition and gaining the horses confidence in its owner to allow itself to be lead. Why would someone have an issue with that form of training, or is she concerned it will show up some problem.
Your looking for a horse for trail riding, a horse with a stable attitude, willing, not mareish, confident and will listen to its rider can be conditioned and taught to walk the trails with confidence.
I have two, Stella is a good horse she responds to voice as well as the reins, knows how to go down hill by walking in a snake patern without being asked, will fall in behind other horses but and it is a big but, she has issues. She is herd bound and is also mareish but she can also be left turned out for 4-5 months then brought in saddled and ridden. A good horse to trek with, however, Bugs my boy has no training he has the right attitude he can be calmed down very quickly, he is willing, and will in the end be a better trekking horse than Stella. All he needs is milage and training to respond to voice as well as reins and to be obedient. I guess what I am trying to say is trail horses are not borne they are made. If the horse as the right attitude and build the rest is experience, just the same as us. My friends are often on me to get Bugs out and about to add to his experience.
Horses who in their right mind would ever have one, or two, we must be mad.