I have talked a bit about our mare, Splash, on here. For reference sake, she is an OTTB, 18 years old, 17 hands. She was raced until 1999 and then used as a broodmare (had some very nice babies from what I have researched). She is very healthy.
Splash was given to me about a month ago. The people who had her didn't like her and said they were going to put her down. Splash has been a sweetheart since we got her. She is a bit shy but doesn't argue about anything you do with her. I had her hooves trimmed yesterday and she fell asleep.
I had tacked her up and she couldn't have cared less. I used a western saddle. She did mouth the bit quite a bit (a sweet iron snaffle) but we have since figured out that she was just not used to having a bit in her mouth. It has been 12 years since she was ridden!
A trainer friend came Sunday to work with her. We wanted to see what she knew. She started out by longing her, Splash had not a clue how to do it. Mouthed the bit a lot less and, again, the saddle did not bother her.
She stood stock still when mounted and moved of readily. Trainer friend said she has a very soft mouth. She said she would compare her to a green broke horse. She knows nothing but to give her head right and left and she had a solid whoa. Doesn't mind leg pressure but doesn't know what it means, knows nothing about neck reining.
So we are thinking of trying to work with her to be a trail horse. Nothing phases her, I was leading her the other day and a rabbit jumped from the grass and ran in front of us. She just looked at it and walked on. Tarps, ropes, respects fence.
What would she need to know for me to re-home her as a solid trail horse? I can really see this mare being kid safe and bomb proof. She is so eager to please and wants to do what you ask if you just show her what you want.