I don't know if this is the best area to post this but I work at a Hippotherapy center. Currently they have 6 horses and are on the look-out for another one. I just read about a 12 year old mare that is said to be incredibly sweet and affectionate but has not been worked with or ridden in 6 years. I don't know any other details yet but wanted to see what you all thought before I went any further.
Can a horse that has basically been in a pasture with other horses for this many years be broken the rest of the way and made into a good therapy horse? She needs a good home and I have just the stall for her. I don't want to get in over my head if she is not the right horse for a situation like this.
If I go to look at her and see how she tolerates being groomed and lead, what other things can I do to test her and see what spooks her, what irks her, etc? What are your thoughts?
Is it better to get an older horse that has been ridden and handled more than to get a younger, (beautiful) horse that just has been out-to-pasture more? She sounds so lovely and with her disposition, I'm wondering if she would be a good fit.
Thanks for your help.