Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Alberta, Canada
• Horses: 0
Wow, I'm shocked at how many responses I've gotten.. thank you to everyone who has replied!
upnover - I agree that if I could take the person out of it and just train the horse, life would be much easier! That's interesting about that woman at your barn... although Magic isn't anything to look at :P Kate likes owning Shadow, but I think she's totally clueless as to proper care for a horse.
arastangrider - if I find homes for horses I do command a 10% fee, but I don't even know if Kate wants to sell.. I'm pretty sure she won't...
Appy - couldn't agree more.. green horse/green and scared rider... not a good combination at all.
Yes, we are making very good progress, but I know what I'm doing (for the most part!) the more I'm pushing her while I'm riding, the more I'm finding out about her - she does spook easily and although her spooks aren't big by any means, I can't see Kate being able to deal with them... Magic has come VERY far from where I started out with, and I am very impressed, but most of the time people hire a person to green break a horse so they can continue on and have the experience to finish a horse - Kate doesn't. And Magic will need a ton of miles (years) to become anywhere near finished.
Cheval - Yes, I do need to have a chat with her. Like I said above, the more I'm working with her under saddle the more I'm realizing how spooky she is (which is fine, she's young and just started). From what I've seen from Kate, they're not a good match.
englishcowgirl - yes, I will probably approach her tomorrow, when we meet up. Like I said, she's a very nice lady and I like working with them.. but the more I'm learning about each of them the more I'm worried that Kate might have unrealistic expectations of Magic.
Tim - very hard not to get involved when she and Maia are sharing the same paddock! I'm out there 4-5 times per week to feed and work the 'hosses'.
I do want to get her more involved, and I plan on sitting down with her tomorrow and getting some things in the open... even time spent grooming Magic (Shadow :P) would be great, but I don't think she does anything with her.
I rode Magic again today, and she was very spooky. She was great to move off my leg, but did a couple fairly major spooks and a few good bucks. Okay, one was my fault - I left my phone in my pocket and it rang (stupid me!) but hey. The other was when a rope slipped off the arena rail and fell to the ground - she didn't like that.
Yes, she's young. Yes, she's inexperienced. And she's come so far so fast (I've built her training from ground up) that I was feeling good about her being a prospect for Kate, but now I'm back to being worried. She isn't a mare that scares me in the least - she hasn't rocked my confidence about my training at all, but the more I find out about Kate the more I worry that it's going to take a long time for her to be even remotely the horse that Kate wants... she's terrified of even the idea of a horse bucking...
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