Her worst problem (and probably yours as well) is that she was 'Impressive' breeding.
I really do not want to open a big can of worms here, but I have to be honest with my opinion here.
Our experience and that of many other trainers is that they do not train and ride very well under saddle. They have been bred to be halter horses. Many have very straight hind legs set too far under them, have high hocks and have very long and very upright pasterns. These conformation characteristics along with an uncooperative mind make many of them very poor riding prospects.
A lot of 'Impressives' wake up in a new world every morning. Many simple things you thought you had ironed out just keep reappearing like it is a new task.
Those that do get along fairly well with early training will reach a certain point, usually where you start putting more pressure on them and asking for more, and they just come apart completely and you have to start over.
I know there are a few of them, usually quite a ways removed from Impressive himself, that have made pleasure and hunt seat horses, but they are few and far between. Stock Horse, Cowhorse, Cutting horse, etc trainers will not even take them.
Personally, I do not want one of them on the place.
On the other hand, I have no prejudices about mares, except for the very few that have actual physical problems. They will frequently give you a lot more 'try' than a gelding. The ones that act 'marish' are usually just bad mannered because someone has let them act that way. They can be taught good manners like any gelding. We pony off of them, haul them along-side geldings in a stock trailer use them for inexperienced riders on trail rides and find them very trainable IF they are bred to be trainable.
Last edited by Cherie; 08-26-2012 at 09:51 AM.