I'm purchasing a new horse. She is beautiful, strong and healthy.
BOMBPROOF to the extreme.
But... She is SLOW, unresponisive, and seems to be confused.
The previous owner has had kids from age 4 to age 95 riding this horse.
When I went to look at her and test her out, I got on her an immediatly knew she was too smart for her own good. She knows who is on her back and she knows what she can get away with. She is very testy. She did "okay" when I was on her. Her steering was terrible and she wouldn't go any faster than a brisk walk and she trotted for 20 seconds after some serious convincing.
The second I got off, her 8/9 year old son got on and plodded around the pen and jerked all on her mouth and obviously confused her.
She rides with a simple snaffle.
I know she has it in her because she is only seven and very healthy. There really seems to be no resonable answer for her slowness and attitude.
How can I get her to listen, respond to my cues, and go faster when asked?