I went to see the ten year old Thoroughbred mare today, and I was really fond of her. She was so sweet, and really responsive.. even though she's only been back in work for two months.
She is definitely a cribber, but it's stopped by the collar.. as I witnessed when she tried cribbing in her stall and eventually gave up and walked over for some loving.
She tacked up easily, and even stood quietly off the cross ties while the seller went and got some stuff. She went walk/trot/canter in frame, while Amanda (the seller) was riding her.. and was very responsive and really animated in her movement. (animated being positive)
When I got on her, I admit I was a bit nervous as she's a much different horse than Major. It took very little leg, and very little hand to get her going in a nice frame. The bugs were pretty bad so there were a few times when she shook her head and held it a bit high.
She does need more work on balancing, but my trainer has a pessoa lunging system that she swears by for getting horses more balanced. Plus, I could likely get my trainer to help me with getting her moved along. Honey is also starting jumping this week, so hopefully that goes well.
Someone else was previously interested in her and everything checked out well aside from the soreness in her right front fetlock, which is treated with some supplements. I've had her critiqued on her and she was said to have very nice conformation for jumping/dressage.. plus she has a pretty face and she has a very kind eye.
It's also really to see that she's very athletic, even though she needs some groceries (which was an issue we talked about with Amanda). She also fit me really well, at 16hh.
I also got to learn some of her track history. She was sold as a yearling for $25 000 and had earnings of $82 000. She does have some scarring on her front legs, but it doesn't affect her soundness. Even though she was at the track until the age of seven (I think she said so anyways), I don't think you could tell.. as she is very calm and definitely not your typical "hot" Thoroughbred.
At the end of our ride, which was when I was really starting to get the hang of her, we took her back into the barn and untacked her before hosing her down. She stood pretty still even though she did get tempted by the grass. Unlike with Major, she was easily backed up and didn't resist at all. We brought her back in and put her in her stall before we talked some more.
After she attempted cribbing, which she stopped once Amanda called her over, she stood there for probably five straight minutes with her head rested on Amanda's arm while getting her face rubbed.. and basically fell asleep.
My dad took pictures and a video on his phone so once he e-mails them to me, I'll post them.
I'm just so torn.. I know that a lot of people say to not fall in love with the first horse you see, but I just found her so sweet and willing.