Hey everyone, new here. After riding/leasing/giving lessons/volunteering for 10 years I have finally bought my own horse -- a little 5 year old paint mare (buckskin overo). My name is Kelly, 21 years old and from upstate New York. I'm sure I'll be using these forums quite a bit!
Me and my riding instructor went down to look at her to see if she was a good fit. The girl who owned her was in college and trying to run a horse farm at the same time and realized that she did not have enough time for all of the horses that she has. She got this horse when her trainer told her that he found this horse that she HAS to have. She rode her once for about a week and didn't do much with her after that. She's had 30 days professional training and that is ALL in her 5 years of life.
When we went down there there were about seven dogs running around like lunatics chasing the horses as the owner tried to get her from the pasture. This got her really riled up (I don't blame her, I wouldn't want seven dogs nipping at me either). She put her in the round pen and she ran for about 20 minutes to a half hour. She was very, very nervous. Eventually, the girl put a saddle on her and she crow hopped twice (without a rider). When she settled the girl got on her and after trotting her around for a bit decided to try and canter (she had never tried to canter her before, probably not a good idea to try for the first time when you are trying to sell the horse). She crow hopped twice and thankfully the girl managed to stay on.
We left thinking that the horse was too much for me to handle at this time (due to the crow hopping). Yet, this horse has the sweetest personality and color to die for and after a few days of it really bothering me my coach asked me to ask the girl if I could take her on a 30 day trial to see if she would work out. I guess it was bothering my coach a bit too. There was something about her that we both saw that made us feel the need to give her a chance. I am currently on my second week into the trial and in the process of completely transferring rights.
She is extremely smart. She has caught on so quickly to everything we have done. She doesn't have a mean bone in her body (she's even in heat right now and she puts up a tiny bit of a fight but if you get after her a little she will agree with you). She is very responsive and I can not say enough good things about her. I am boarding her at a wonderful facility where she is in a routine and this has seemed to calm her nerves (where she was she was so confused and was in a herd of at least 6 other horses and was the low man on the totem pole). She knows that when we come to get her it is time to work and she is more than happy to do so. We are SOOOOOO proud of her. She needs a ton of work at the canter, we believe that the trainer never got this far with her. She is looking much more fit and toned after these 2 weeks of having her and things are starting to get easier for her (when we first got her she was tripping all over the place and had no balance whatsoever). She is such a sweetheart and such a fun project because she understands EVERYTHING.
I am riding her western right now while we are training her. She will be able to go in any direction. She has a nice floaty trot for English and we have been able to slow it down for a nice slow Western jog (we are SO excited about this, took these 2 weeks to get her slowed up).