Originally Posted by mad mardie
Just likethe typical western breed downhill [most/many are, not all - a slightly downhill horse is faster and can get down on a cow or turn a barrel a bit better than an uphill horse] hey.
What made you say this? I'm curious how it fits in.
Ben is definitely your "cliche" stereotypical OTTB with the head flipping and the jogging and the fizziness... the bucking started with an ill-fitting saddle [his owner did wise up and get something that fit, and did have his back worked on... he wasn't very sore, and Mum has worked those spots out and is keeping on top of them] but I think he has learned that bucking gets him out of working/being ridden. So if it's stereotypes, yep, relevant.
If it's horse build, he's not downhill at all, he's so well put-together... he is the nicest horse we have, and that says a lot.
We've only had him a few days, and weren't even looking really in the first place. I guess you could say he just fell into our laps. I was browsing for tack on a buy/sell Facebook page and there he was.. something about him spoke to me so I mentioned him to Mum [I have too many horses as it is haha didn't need another], because she'd been saying for a while that she wished she had something she could ride. Funny how that happens, isn't it?
Thank you, she's nearly ready to be backed and I would have mouthed her by now if not for her bridling issues [we are working on it, when her new one gets here I'll see how she reacts; old one is now a teeny bit on the little side for her and while it still fits well enough that I can use it I'd rather have something with more adjustability]... she will most likely be backed and broke by me with help from my boss purely because now that she's figured out that she can show me she's scared without getting told off, she's not exploding, and I feel like she's giving me enough to go on now.