Last year, Kate sent Magic away for training, where she apperantly was green broke. She came back a month later pregnant and scared poopless. (The guy called Kate one day and said "I hope you like foals... you might have one next year - I just walked out on my stud on your mare.")
Anyways, the first time I met Magic I couldn't get anywhere near her - ended up chasing her into an adjacent pen to just get her away from her "herd" so I could get a look at what I was working with. Walking away from that initial meeting, I had a sinking feeling and wondered what the heck I had gotten myself into.
The first session came and I once again had to chase her into the other pen and was able to halter her .. after a ton of running around and playing "dominant horse" with her.
It took a few weeks just to be able to lunge her properly both directions, and even longer to get her comfortable with ground-driving, but persistance paid off... just the other day I had my first ride on her. Since then, I've had a couple more "rides" and a couple of trot steps under saddle - this is huge from when I first started working her.
(Note: I only work her 3 times per week, maybe 4 - I can't get out more than that - I have been working her for 2 months now.)
Anyways, on to my rant: sorry it's a little disorderly)
- everyone she's had out to look at this mare has said Magic will never be a good riding horse - I have to disagree. She is very trainable but needs a TON of work. Gah.
- I don't believe she's ever had any formal training. She was fine with being bridled and saddled, but if she had a month's worth of training with a "trainer" shouldn't she lunge? Or ground-drive? This mare had NO idea what I was asking of her when I started doing either!
My first "real" ride was stupid. The mare has no idea what I wanted when I applied leg and clucked to her when I was riding... finally I had to smack her on the rump some to get her moving forwards. She's finally (after 2 "rides") gotten the idea that "leg/clucking = forwards" but it certainly isn't solid yet - if this horse was EVER even remotely green-broke, she should know at least how to walk around with a rider on her.
- I am convinced that Kate (bless her heart, she is a really nice woman) is scared of horses, and needs a 20-something dead-broke quiet horse, not this little spooky Arab cross. I like her, and Magic is workable, but certainly won't be a beginner's horse for years - she's 6 and is now JUST started under saddle.. at a walk.
- Kate won't even go into the paddock to get Magic if she's in with the "herd" (she's now in with Maia, so there's only one other horse to worry about, but still.)
- Kate knows next to nothing about horses... she has the same "trainer" come out every 6 months to do Magic's worrmings... yes you read correctly. And no, the mare isn't even on a regular trimming program. Did I mention that she "might" be in foal? Nope, no vet preg-checks.
- Kate comes out every once in a while to watch me work Magic, and I've really found out how much she doesn't know... as in just the other week I taught her how to lunge Magic, and last week she tied Magic up by her bridle.
Okay I think that's it for now... Thank you to all who actually read this novel, I know it can be tedious at times. I'm just lost.
I honestly feel that Kate would be better off with a near-dead bombproof horse (she's extremely afraid of falling off)... but this mare brings in $300/month for me (remember, first training job!) and Magic is definitely without a doubt trainable.. she just won't be anywhere near bombproof for a long time.
I don't know what to do. I like working with Magic, but I almost feel the need to tell Kate what I just ranted about.
Ideas? Thoughts? Suggestions?