prospective horse needs work, how hard?
After looking for many months for a horse that is safe for beginner/kids, sound and healthly, and well trained, a new horse has come to our barn that fits the first two. He seems to be calm and not spooky and he is a bit pokey. He was used as a 4-h walk trot horse for a 12 year old. Those are all his good traits; however, he is unbalanced at the canter (the trainer at the barn is working on this) and in my opinion he is wiggly (i.e. he doesn't stay straight when you ask him to move). I have noticed when my daughter is riding him he doesn't bend to the inside in his corners and sometimes he is bending to the outside, especially when she is trying to get him to canter. I also feel that when I am riding he doesn't seem to steer very well. Now, I am used to riding a horse that neck reins and works off your leg and this guy doesn't do either so as a beginner I am assuming that I am doing something wrong. But I guess my question is how hard is it to get a horse to steer well and not counter bend? My daughter and I will be working with a trainer but I am a beginner and my daughter who has been taking lessons for 2 years now is 9. Thanks for the advice.