Last Monday I picked up Whiskey - she is a three year old APHA solid mare by A Big Gun. Loving this mare
. The day I got her she came with us to our monday night barrel clinic - just hung out tied by the arena and when she seemed quite at ease, I threw the saddle on and lunged her when it was over. No big deal.
Spent the week grooming and getting to know her - plus 30 minute work sessions daily. She came from a guy who got her as part of a package deal, so didn't know much about her. I found she lunges, knows all voice cues for transitions, including whoa - no problems with saddle, snaffle, or riding walk/trot either at home or arena - we'll move to canter later this week. Very respectful on the ground and in the saddle.
Last night I rode her in the indoor arena at barrel night and other than a little concern when horses went loping past, she could have passed for a broke horse... no attempts at any bad behavior - I am wondering if she may have been started as a two year old and then turned out to grow? She is already 15.1 easy and well built - she just seems very advanced for five rides...
I am trying to decide how fast to proceed - I am thinking I will just continue to expose her to new environments and if she shows no signs of problems, ride her through... my daughter took over my gelding for her last year of 4H, so I will just haul her wherever Scooby is going... of course there will be home lessons at least 5 times a week just reinforcing w/t/c whoa and then on to suppling /bending/ turns on haunches/forehand - etc...
Anyone else had a "too good to be true" breaking in process?
Here's pics of Whiskey -