So here's my situation, the last time I rode was 3 years ago. I was pretty advanced in English, jumping 3+ ft (I also knew Western Pleasure pretty well, but I wasn't concentrating on that) and helping the stable owners exercise their more difficult horses. During one of my lessons, I was bucked off and the horse stepped on my leg, leaving a huge gash that took 2 months to heal but when it did, I didn't have the time to start back with lessons because I had a new busy schedule in high school. Well fast forward to now and I decided I should get back into riding..before I have a chance to start lessons again, I'm offered a free horse. The lady is getting married and can't take her horse with her, but all I know is the horse needs an experienced rider (which I was at one point, now..who knows, but I remember everything pretty clearly lol), she's a 12yo mare and she was trained for barrel racing. I know this probably isn't the most suitable situation, but this is really my dream and an offer I can't pass up on. I don't have time to brush up on lessons, because she needs to get her to a new home ASAP. I get to meet her in a week and I will definitely "test ride" her after visiting a time or two.
Sorry for the babbling! My question is, how difficult do you all think it would be to teach this horse English/jumping after working with her for a while?
Does anyone have any advice at all with getting your first horse or what I should remember when I go for that first ride?
What do you think of her? :)
I'm nervous but incredibly excited haha. :) I'll attach a couple pictures she sent me...