Let me start by telling you a little about myself. My name is Cara. I'm a little over weight, 210 and short, but it hasn't ever stopped me from doing things I love. The horse you are about to see is the gelding I am exercising for a friend and practicing on. I am taking summer horse back ridding classes through my college this year so he is my practice horse out of class. My ridding abilities are about as far as a horrible posting trot. I leased another horse back in September who was taller, and the same age but hadn't been played with in a few years. She was great on teaching me how to act for myself but I never did get any better with trotting. Pretty hard to focus on posting when you are worried about not being able to turn her away from trotting out of the arena! The only thing that I guess got better was that I did walk around the lot and explore the woods. Going through gates was something I tried to master, going down hills, and getting her to turn when I asked. She was VERY stubborn about turning on her right and pulled me through the woods a few times. Her owner didn't take care of the lot, or her horses and Tipi grew skinny when I didn't feed her So I left.
Okay! So let me tell you a little bit my new ride. Madhi is a 21 yr old Arabian Gelding that use to event, and in his later years be a school horse. He's a grey dappled boy that looked really good when his owner got him to leg yield at a canter and curve his neck over. ( no idea what that is official called .) He has lamanitis so he can't be pushed too hard.
He does a pretty good typical Quarter horse walk on his lazy days.
This is a video I took of Madhi and the owners 4yr old daughter ridding around the arena. She does good for being 4!
Right now I don't have any videos or photos of me ridding but I am going to make one this Saturday when I ride again. My plan is to try to leg yield on him since I haven't tried it successfully since my last lesson a year ago.
So how does he look? I am starting this thread to be kind of like a blog so that I can update it and ask for tips on things everything I ride. Figured it would save room by making one single thread instead of one for each question.