Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Germany- but not German =D
Confused: So, my horse is a bit of a baggage...
Its true, she is -.-
Let me explain.. anything else you need, please ask... any clues, or similair stories, please share so I am not alone!
Duffy works beautifully for me, W/T/C with the lightest of aids, we're aiming for more medium steps too, which she's doing really well. She halts off my seat, and is very light in the mouth. Some of the things I really pride myself on, and she works beautifully, we still have a long way to go, but heck.. I always knew she'd be a project horse.
She can trot 10/8m circles no issues, all school figures in w/t no problems despite her size too.
However, four people have tried her out. The lady who came yesterday is well known in the area as a good dressage rider and brings her own horses on. I've known her for a while, and I like the way she rides. She got on yesterday without me getting on first.
Walk was no issue, I did say I give her a good 10/15 mins to warm up in a walk with lots of bends as she's a big horse with a lot to warm up. No problems.
Then she asked for trot.
And like everyone else she's done it too, she just walked. Didn't speed the walk up, just.. walked. I said give her a sharp whip on the shoulder, its purely a respect thing, so she did, and Duffy ambled in to trot. She managed to get her working eventually, and did some leg yielding steps which we haven't even done yet, and some piroutte steps (wowserss!!) and then asked for canter.. she managed about three strides, asking as I ask, and Duffy was just a butt!!
So I got on afterwards and showed her that when I ask her for anything, its the lightest pressure from my legs, including canter, and she's extremely forward.
She said she'll let me know, she's aware of the condition I bought her in and is impressed of how she looks, and feels she has a lot of potential, only working 50% at the trot so far, which isn't an issue as I told her we've taken it slow rather than too fast and break/sour the horse.
But this isn't on off occassions.
She does this with 90% of people who have gotten on her.
Is it respect (lack of) for them and their legs etc, or is she just not interested? I'm pulling my hair out a bit here.. because I can't really sell a horse that no one can ride!